Ryanair expects layoffs after the fall in profits and says there are 500 pilots and 400 flight attendants left over

The CEO of Ryanair, Michael O’Leary, has anticipated this Thursday that the Irish airline will be forced to undertake dismissals after the fall of benefits and has indicated that there are more than 500 pilots and 400 flight attendants in the ‘low cost’ company.

In a video message sent to the workers, O’Leary has indicated that in the coming weeks the dismissals will be announced which, as he has anticipated, will be applied at the end of September and, again, after Christmas.

“We hope to preserve as many jobs as we can, but we have to respond now and we have to respond quickly to delays in the delivery of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and to the threat of a Brexit without agreement at the end of October,” he explains in the video to the workers

The message arrives two days after the Irish airline announced the results of the first quarter of its fiscal year, ended on June 30, which closed with a profit of 243 million euros, 21% less than a year earlier, due to the strong increases in cost items.

The announcement of dismissals comes in the middle of the threat of strike by the pilots of the Irish airline to demand labor improvements. The union that defends its interests, British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa), has open a vote until next August 7 to decide if they finally carry out this protest measure.

Specifically, the tensions between Ryanair and the pilots are based on their claims about pensions, loss of leave insurance, maternity leave and a fair salary structure. In an earlier vote, held in June, 90% of the pilots agreed to support the stoppages.

In addition, Ryanair announced in mid-July that it will proceed with the temporary or indefinite closure of the bases in some airports with low performance or deficits as of November due to the delay in deliveries of the 58 737 MAX aircraft that it expected to receive for the summer of 2020.