EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Spain


Sector: Transportation / storage
Transportation and storage
51.10 - Passenger air transport

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 15-05-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 351
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 15-05-2020
Direct Dismissals: 351

Additional Information

The low-cost airline company Ryanair plans to cut up to 351 positions in Spain, which will affect mainly crew members, but also pilots. The restructuring programme that intends to shed up to 3,000 jobs across Europe was announced to workers representatives; the decision is motivated by the impact of the COVID-19 crisis over the airline sector. The measure will be implemented together with cut of salary bonuses and salary reductions between 10% and 20% for at least 2 years, although the company is about to maintain these measures until 2025. 

The entire workforce of the airline company in Spain is currently affected by a temporary lay-off plan. The company expects to recover to 40% of its pre-crisis activity in July 2020.

The unions have rejected the measure, demanding to be informed of the financial situation of the company and requesting employment protection measures. 

This announcement comes after the National Court cancelled in April the collective dismissal of the 224 Ryanair workers at their bases in the Canary Islands.