Ryanair cuts more jobs over expected passenger drop

Ryanair has already announced plans to cut up to 3,000 jobs and is now axing 250 more. Credit: PA

Ryanair has said it expects to carry less than 100 million passengers in the year, down from an original estimate of 155 million – leading to more job cuts.

The airline has cut more than 250 support staff jobs in offices across the UK and Ireland, Spain and Poland due to the collapse in demand for flights amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Ryanair’s people director Darrell Hughes said it was a “very painful time” for the carrier.

“While we expect to reopen our offices from 1 June , we will not require the same number of support team members,” he said.

“Regrettably, we will now have a small number of compulsory redundancies in Dublin, Stansted, Madrid and Wroclaw to right size our support teams.”

It comes after Ryanair announced plans earlier this month to cut up to 3,000 jobs across its pilots and cabin crew.

Mr Hughes said the airline is continuing to meet with trade unions to discuss its restructuring programme and that “further announcements” are expected before the end of May.