IRISH low-cost airline Ryanair has confirmed that it will lay off 432 people in Spain.
This is as a result of the closure of its Tenerife Sur, Gran Canaria, Girona and Lanzarote bases. To start with, it had expected to make more than 500 redundancies, which now stands at 432.
Of these, 327 will be cabin crew and 105 are pilots. According to the USO trade union, of the total number of dismissals, 220 are crew members hired directly by Ryanair; 85 crew members have been hired by the Workforce agency and another 22 are from Crewlink.
The unions met yesterday (October 15) with the company to negotiate a redundancy plan (ERE).
The process will start in January, when the bases are scheduled to close. Ryanair is the airline that moves most passengers in Spain, especially in the islands. The closure of the bases does not mean that the airline will not operate flights on these routes.
Part of the problem is the cost implication of the delay in delivery of the Boeing 737 Max (the manufacturer is reviewing the model after the fatal accidents that occurred with these aircraft).
As far as the redundancies are concerned, Tenerife and Girona are the most affected bases, with 100 redundancies in each, followed by Gran Canaria (69 redundancies) and Lanzarote, with 58.
Two new dates have been set for the start of negotiations, the 25th and 30th of October. The union has committed itself to do “everything possible to stop this process” or minimise the job losses.
The closure of these bases led to a series of strikes in September, which had almost no impact on flights.