RYANAIR has warned it will have to axe pilot and cabin crew jobs this winter.
The budget airline has been hit with a delay in the delivery of Boeing Max jets.
Ryanair had expected 30 aircrafts to be delivered before the summer next year but this has now been reduced to 20.
There’s also a risk it won’t receive any of them on time, it said in its results statement this morning.
This means it will “be forced to cut or close a number of loss making bases this winter leading to pilot and cabin crew job losses”.
It added: “We continue to work with our people and their unions to finalise this process.”
In a video alongside the results, chief executive Michael O’Leary said there is “a real risk that it would have no Boeing 737 MAX aircraft flying next summer if there are additional delays to the return to service of the grounded aircraft.”
Ryanair hasn’t yet told The Sun how many of its 5,000 pilots and 9,000 flight attendants the issue would affect.
It also hasn’t clarified what this would mean for customers and whether it could push up prices. We’ll update this story as soon as we hear back.
Earlier in August, Ryanair warned that it could cut up to 900 jobs, including pilots and flight attendants, due to late delivery of the jets.
At the same time, it also sent a “veiled threat” to the UK pilots’ union about potential job losses following the announcement that they would strike at the end of the month.
Ryanair also faced a series of strikes which affected thousands of passengers last summer.
A few weeks ago, Ryanair was voted UK’s worst airline sixth year in a row – but the carrier says its prices mean demand has never been higher.