Irish budget carrier Ryanair said on Friday it planned to cut 3,000 pilot and cabin crew jobs, or 15% of staff, “as a direct result of the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis”. The move comes after the airline predicted it would take until summer 2022 at the earliest before passenger demand recovers.


“The Ryanair Airlines will shortly notify their trade unions about its restructuring and job loss program, which will commence from July 2020. These plans will be subject to consultation but will affect all Ryanair Airlines, and may result in the loss of up to 3,000 mainly pilot and cabin crew jobs, unpaid leave, and pay cuts of up to 20 percent, and the closure of a number of aircraft bases across Europe until traffic recovers”, it said in a statement.

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