Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
East of England; Essex;
Location of affected unit(s)
Stansted Airport
Transportation / Storage
Land, Water And Air Transportation
Air Transport
51.10 - Passenger air transport

336 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
19 May 2020
Employment effect (start)
28 May 2020
Foreseen end date


Ryanair, the Irish budget airline, has confirmed its restructuring plans, which imply the redundancy of 336 pilots at its UK base at London Stansted Airport. The company is also proposing pay cuts and a reduction of terms and conditions for its remaining employees. Ryanair’s chief executive explained that the redundancies were 'unavoidable' as passenger numbers have fallen sharply in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A representative of the pilots’ union BALPA, commented that Ryanair’s decision to cut jobs was hypocritical, given that the company had accepted financial support from the UK government.

Ryanair was founded in 1984 in Ireland – the company, currently, has 19,000 employees and London Stansted Airport is its largest base.



Eurofound (2020), Ryanair, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 100944, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/100944.