Thousands of jobs to be cut at Ryanair and Aer Lingus over Covid-19 pandemic

Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary, whose pay was cut by 50 per cent for April and May, has now agreed to extend this.



By Democrat reporter
Thousands of jobs are to be cut at Ryanair and Aer Lingus as both airlines continue to grapple with the grounding of virtually all air traffic due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ryanair said it plans to cut 3,000 mainly pilot and cabin crew jobs, implement pay cuts of up to 20 per cent, and close a number of aircraft bases across Europe over the crisis.

It added that passenger demand and pricing will take at least two years to recover, until summer 2022, “at the earliest”.

While there has been no official announcement from Aer Lingus as yet, it is understood the airline is seeking ways in which to further cut costs due to the effect of the pandemic on its business.

Its sister airline British Airways this week announced plans to sack 1,130 pilots, a quarter of its total.

Talks took place between Aer Lingus management and unions on Friday, and those talks were focused on the airline’s plans to cut up to 20 per cent of its entire workforce. Aer Lingus has a headcount of about 4,500 staff, meaning 900 jobs are at risk.

A statement from Aer Lingus said: “Aer Lingus is continuing to communicate directly with our employees and engage with their representative bodies.”

A union representing airline workers, said Aer Lingus is expected to add more detail at the latter half of next week.

At present, the union is anticipating that the airline will introduce a voluntary redundancy scheme and changes to pay, working time and work practices. No specific proposals have been outlined as of yet.

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