Ryanair warns of 300 job cuts

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The Dublin-based carrier will initiate consultations for redundancy, with the affected employees, and offer transfers to Poland to minimise the effect.

There are rough days ahead for employees of Irish no-frills airline, Ryanair, as it warned of more than 300 potential job cuts.

Dublin-based Ryanair plans to cut its aircraft fleet and has issued 90 days’ notice to more than 100 pilots and over 200 cabin crew. The carrier will also reduce its fleet strength from 30 to around 24 aircraft for this winter.

The Company, which witnessed more employee walkouts this week, said that the downturn in forward bookings and airfares in Ireland, is partly because of the recent rolling strikes by Irish pilots.

It further said that the industrial action “has had a negative effect on high-fare bookings and forward air fares, as consumer confidence in the reliability of our Irish flight schedules has been disturbed”.

The Group will initiate consultations for redundancy with the affected employees, and offer transfers to Poland to minimise the effect.

It pointed out that the overhaul was also partly driven by the “rapid growth” of Ryanair Sun, its profitable Polish charter airline.

“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),” said chief operating officer, Peter Bellew.

Ryanair Sun will offer over 10 aircraft to Polish tour operators, which is double the number it offered for the summer season.

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