Only a few days ago pilots and flight attendants were on strike at Ryanair in Germany. Now the low-cost airline has announced budget cuts at the Bremen and Weeze locations. Trade unionists see this as a "retaliatory attack".
The budget airline Ryanair gets some machines from Germany. The Bremen location with two planes is scheduled to close in early November, as the Irish company has announced. In Weeze in North Rhine-Westphalia, only three instead of five planned aircraft will be stationed in the future.
"All involved customers have been informed and most routes are continuing," said Robin Kiely, spokesperson for Ryanair. From Bremen, foreign machines will take over most routes, in Weeze this is what the three remaining planes will do.
A spokesman for the airport expects 15 percent fewer flights to be offered compared to last year.
Allegations of the union
The trade union ver.di accused the airline that the transfer was a "retaliatory attack" for the recent strikes. "We urge Ryanair to immediately revoke this decision and not threaten the existence of the employees," said board member Christine Behle. Many employees took part in the warnings at both locations. According to the trade union, about 90 employees work for Ryanair in Bremen.
The Irish airline also wants to close the base in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, with four aircraft. According to company information, the locations must be permanently closed on November 5. How it goes for the employees is still unclear.
Company lowers business expectations
The airline had previously lowered its business expectations, perhaps because fuel has become more expensive. Recent strikes have also undermined customer confidence, said Michael O & # 39; Leary, CEO of Ryanair.
Last Friday, at least 250 flights were canceled due to the shutdown with flight attendants and pilots. The flight crew wants to achieve higher wages and better working conditions in accordance with the respective national legislation.
According to O & # 39; Leary, the budget airline had to deal with fewer bookings for the autumn and Christmas holidays. Ticket prices were lower than expected. The airline is now reducing its capacity by one percent for the winter season.
Airport operators reacted calmly
Bremen Airport does not expect any dramatic restrictions on passengers. "A closure of Bremen's base in winter only means that the crew of Ryanair's machines will no longer come from Bremen in this period, but from other locations around the aircraft," said a spokeswoman.
Ryanair aircraft fly largely at Weeze Airport, near the Dutch border. Four Ryanair planes were stationed there in the past winter season – three are now scheduled, said an airport spokesman. The updated timetable is not yet available. However, they expected that about a seventh fewer flights would be offered than a year ago. Originally, up to five machines should have been expanded.
Ryanair is the largest budget airline in Europe. The plane flies to more than 215 airports in 37 countries. In the financial year 2017/2018 the company booked 1.45 billion euros profit. This year the company should be a bit worse off. Expectations are still 1.25 to 1.35 billion euros in profits.