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TAKE OFF Ryanair Close Canary Island Bases

Friday January 10, 2020

TAKE OFF Ryanair Close Canary Island Bases

Ryanair closed their bases in the Canary Islands earlier this week, resulting in the loss of 58 jobs here on Lanzarote and the closure of five routes.

Ryanair’s decision to close their bases on Lanzarote, Tenerife and Gran Canaria became reality this Wednesday. Resulting in the loss of 200 jobs across the archipelago – with workers receiving their redundancy notices by fax.

Ryanair announced these closures back in Autumn 2019, blaming the decision on the non-delivery of the ill-fated Boeing 737 Max aircraft, along with Brexit uncertainty and unspecified inefficiencies at their Canary Island bases.

Of the 70 pilots and 134 cabin crew based in the archipelago just twenty have been relocated to other Ryanair bases. With the remainder only learning their fate late on Wednesday afternoon when they were ordered to return their uniforms and pick up their redundancy notices.

The redundancies have not been well received by the pilots union Sepla who have denounced them as fraudulent – as conciliation meetings back in September to agree terms were never concluded.

Lanzarote has lost five routes out of the 29 that were operated by Ryanair last winter – whilst flight services will fall from 68 to 54 per week. The closed routes are Leeds, Newcastle, Knock, Valencia and Berlin.

Local tourist authorities have stated that the elimination of the UK routes will be cushioned by the creation of new services from Leeds and Newcastle by Jet2.

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