Ryanair pilots in Spain stated on Wednesday, August 28th that they planned to go on strike for five days in September to protest the planned closure of four bases that threatens 512 jobs.
Ryanair announced on August 23rd that it is shutting its Canary Islands bases of Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria as well as one at Gerona in north-eastern Spain from January, although it said it would try to minimise "job losses with transfers.” The work stoppage by pilots will come on top of a 10-day September strike called by cabin crew at the budget airline in Spain, according to AFP
The airline, which has suffered from two profit warnings in 10 months, announced the base closures on Friday, citing "significant overcapacity in the European short haul market."
A spokesman for the Sepla pilots' union said 120 pilots could lose their jobs, adding: "They have not proposed relocating the pilots to other bases."
Representatives of the union and company are due to meet this week, saying that the strike will take place on September 19th, 20th, 22nd, 27th and 29th.
According to the USO union that represents Ryanair cabin crew, altogether 512 pilot and cabin crew posts are threatened.