737 Max forcing Ryanair to close bases
The Irish low-cost airline plans to operate fewer Boeing 737 Max aircraft in the summer of 2020. That's why Ryanair will rightly cut or close its bases.
Ryanair expects to only have 30 Boeing 737 Max in service by the end of May 2020 as opposed to 58 as previously planned. Airline CEO Michael O’Leary stated on Tuesday (16 July) in a press release. According to the announcement, the low-cost airline is expecting its first units of the model, which is currently still grounded throughout the world, in January or February. In addition, the special 737 Max 200, of which Ryanair has firm orders for 135 aircraft and 75 as options, needs extra certification after the normal Max has been cleared, explains O’Leary.
The delays in delivery would require cuts and even closures at some bases, states the Ryanair boss. “We are starting a number of talks with our airports to determine which of Ryanair’s below-average or loss-making bases will face these short-term cuts and/or closures as of November 2019,” O’Leary said. They will also consult with employees and trade unions. Ryanair expects only 157 million passengers by March 2021, as opposed to 162 million previously, due to the unavailability of 737 Max jets.