Ryanair announced Wednesday that it plans to cut down its Dublin-based fleet of aircraft from a currently operational 30 — to evantually 24 planes during the 2018 winter season. It stated that it has sent letters of 90-days’ protective notice to more than 100 pilots and 200 cabin crew employees whose services will not be required after October 28.
It cited growth in its Polish charter airline, which is growing in protifability in 2018– and overall lower forward bookings, due to recent rolling strikes by Irish pilots that had a negative impact on bookings –as the main reasons behind this decision. This was according to a report from the Dow Jones Newswires made available to EFE.
Ryanair will now begin the consultations with its people regarding redundancy. Redundancies, if necessary, will be determined by Ryanair’s assessment of flight performance, productivity, attendances, and base transfer requests. Ryanair will be offering transfers to Poland and other bases to these Dublin based pilots and cabin crew employees for Winter 2018 in order to minimise possible redundancies.
Ryanair’s COO Peter Bellew stated:
“We regret these base aircraft reductions at Dublin for Winter 2018, but the Board has decided to allocate more aircraft to those markets where we are enjoying strong growth (such as Poland), and this will result in some aircraft reductions and job cuts in country markets where business has weakened, or forward bookings are being damaged by rolling strikes by Irish pilots. Ryanair operates a fleet of over 450 aircraft from 87 bases across Europe. We can only do so if we continue to offer low fares, reliable flight services to our customers, and if our reputation for reliability or forward bookings is affected, then base and potential job cuts such as these at Dublin are a deeply regretted consequence.”