- Title: Ryanair says 900 pilot and cabin crew jobs at risk
- Date: 31st July 2019
- Summary: DUBLIN, IRELAND (FILE - EARLY MAY 2018) (REUTERS) RYANAIR PLANE ON RUNWAY
- Embargoed: 14th August 2019 17:07
- Keywords: Ryanair Michael O'Leary pilot cabin crew job losses
- Location: DUBLIN, IRELAND / UNKNOWN LOCATIONS
- City: DUBLIN, IRELAND / UNKNOWN LOCATIONS
- Country: Ireland
- Topics: Company News Markets,Economic Events
- Reuters ID: LVA001AQ3YUYV
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- Story Text: Ryanair has 500 more pilots and 400 more cabin crew than needed, and job losses will be announced in the coming weeks, Chief Executive Michael O'Leary told staff in a video message.
The Irish company had flagged job losses on Monday when it reported a sharp fall in profits, and said this month it was halving growth plans for next year due to delays in deliveries of Boeing's grounded 737 MAX jet.
O'Leary blamed the cuts on a surplus off staff and uncertainty over a potential no-deal Brexit that is due to happen on October 31.
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.
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 this month the airline had launched a new pilot training programme in central Europe.
(Production: Sarah Duffy)
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