BREAKING: Ryanair ‘to cut hundreds of jobs’ as it has ‘too many pilots and cabin crew’

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The Irish carrier’s CEO Michael O’Leary has told staff that he is planning job cuts from as early as winter 2019.

He said in a video message to workers that Ryanair currently has an excess of more than 500 pilots and about 400 flight attendants.

O’Leary said it would also need around 600 fewer people in those categories by next summer.

“We will need about 600 less pilots and cabin crew for summer 2020,” Mr O’Leary said.

“On top of this bad news, we already have a surplus of 500 pilots and some 400 cabin crew because resignations have dried up to effectively zero since the start of 2019.”

The bad news comes in the same week the airline reported a fall in revenue, with overcapacity and a price war in Germany driving ticket prices lower.

Alongside its results Ryanair warned that it could cut back its Glasgow, Edinburgh and Belfast routes in the event of a No-Deal Brexit.

And earlier this month the airline said delays in the delivery of Boeing’s 737 Max meant it would fly fewer of the aircraft than expected next year, leading to some bases being cut or closed.

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