Ryanair tells workers up to 900 jobs could be at risk

Ryanair (RYA.L) CEO Michael O'Leary has warned employees that as many as 900 jobs could be at risk at the airline.

In a leaked video obtained by Bloomberg, O'Leary told workers that it has more than 500 too many pilots and around 400 too many flight attendants.

In addition, O'Leary suggested that by next summer Ryanair will need 600 fewer people in those categories than it had previously planned.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 file photo, a Ryanair plane is parked at the airport in Weeze, Germany. Europe's biggest airline by passengers, budget carrier Ryanair, will cut flights and close some of its bases beginning this winter because of the delay to deliveries of the Boeing 737 Max plane, which has been grounded globally after two fatal crashes. The airline warned Tuesday, July 16, 2019, its growth in European summer traffic for 2020 will be lower than expected because of the slowed deliveries. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)While a Ryanair spokesperson confirmed the authenticity of the video to Yahoo Finance UK and said that it expects 900 current staff to be impacted, it said reports that up to 1,500 jobs could be "at risk" were false.

Ryanair currently has around 5,500 pilots and around 9,000 flight attendants, which means that up to 6% of these employees could be affected.

"We over the next couple of weeks will be doing our very best to minimise job losses, but some are unavoidable at this time," O'Leary said in the video.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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