Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary tells staff job cuts are ‘inevitable’
The budget airline will cut 900 jobs, according to O'Leary, but pilots say the company is still advertising for flight staff
Dublin— Ryanair has 500 more pilots and 400 more cabin crew than needed, and job losses will be announced in the coming weeks, CEO Michael O'Leary told staff in a video message.
The comments come less than two years after Europe's biggest budget airline was forced to cancel hundreds of flights, due in part to a shortage of pilots.
However, the Irish company had flagged job losses on Monday when it reported a sharp fall in profit, and said earlier in July it was halving growth plans for 2020 due to delays in deliveries of Boeing's grounded 737 MAX jet.
"We hope to preserve as many jobs as we can, but we have to respond now and we have to respond quickly to the MAX aircraft delivery delays and to the threat of a no-deal Brexit at the end of October," O'Leary said in the video posted after Monday's results.
He added that job cuts would take place near the end of September and again after Christmas.
Ryanair pilots in Britain and Ireland are holding a ballot over potential industrial action and some union officials, who declined to be identified, said O'Leary was trying to deter them from voting to strike.
They said a hiring agency that worked with Ryanair was still advertising for flight staff and earlier in July the airline had launched a new pilot training programme in central Europe.