Ryanair said Thursday that it would again reduce its flight capacities in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic and the fall in traffic, and reduce them this winter to 40% against 60% last year.
The Irish airline added in a statement that the bases in Cork and Shannon, in Ireland, and that in Toulouse, in France, will also close for the season, from November to March. It will also significantly reduce the number of aircraft at bases in Belgium, Germany, Spain, Portugal and Vienna. In Belgium, Ryanair is present in Charleroi and Zaventem.
Ryanair, however, said at the end of September that it planned to open a new French base in Beauvais, in the Oise, from December, despite the drop in traffic.
The carrier wants to maintain 65% of its network but with a reduced frequency. With these measures, Ryanair now expects 38 million passengers for its 2021 fiscal year.
Ryanair said in mid-September that it wanted to reduce its flights by 20% for October due to the impact on demand of travel restrictions decided by governments to stop the spread of the virus.
Director General Michael O’Leary blames the “mismanagement of European Union air flights” to justify this reduction in his flight plans.
Claiming to want to “minimize job losses”, he adds, however, that it will “inevitably be necessary to put in place more unpaid leave, and job sharing this winter in the bases where we have agreed on reductions in working hours and pay, but that’s a better long-term solution than massive job losses. ”
“There will unfortunately be more layoffs in the few bases (…) where we have not secured an agreement on work and wage cuts, which are the only alternatives”, he continues without specifying which ones.
The aviation sector is one of the hardest hit by the pandemic. On Tuesday, organizations representing the sector launched a global appeal to obtain a second tranche of government aid and tackle the health crisis that continues to empty the coffers of airlines and airports.
Moreover, in order to avoid the quarantine measures, put in place in particular in the United Kingdom, governments must “use the tests” on passengers before their departure, underlined the Aci (Airports Council International) and the Association. International Air Transport (Iata) Tuesday. “Without these actions, it is no exaggeration to consider that the industry is facing a collapse,” they said.