The Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair will close 4 bases in Spain, a decision that could affect about 512 employees (pilots and cabin crew). “The decision was made to close a number of bases from January 8, including Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Girona,” the company said in an email sent to its employees. The decision to close these bases can be explained in particular by “significant overcapacity in the European short-haul market”.
Ryanair has justified its decision by the poor financial results it has achieved over the past two years, the delivery delays of the Boeing 737 MAX and the effects of a possible Brexit without agreement, according to the USO union. Already in July last year, the low cost announced the imminent elimination of 900 jobs in Europe out of a total of 13,000 employees in its network.