Ryanair has announced this Friday, through an internal note to its workers, who will be the substitute for Michael O'Leary, CEO, as of this Monday. The position will be assumed by the director of human resources of Ryanair DAC, Eddie Wilson, as of Monday. Michael O'Leary will remain at the head of the parent company, Ryanair Holdings.

In the company's note, O'Leary announced that his replacement will take office "immediately", although there will be a three-month "transition process."

It is curious that it is precisely the director of Human Resources who assumes this position , since Ryanair, in recent years, has maintained many pulses with his workers (pilots, cabin crew ...) due to the working conditions in which they work .

Last year the staff called strikes in several European countries to claim that their contracts were subject to the legislation of their respective countries, and not to Irish law, which is what happened.

This summer the strikes are in Spain. There will be 10 strike days in September in protest at the closure of three of the bases that Ryanair has in Spain.

Wilson joined Ryanair in 1997 and will be below O'Leary's command line, which will chair a meeting every week with the CEOs of the group's firms: Ryanair DAC, Buzz, Laudamotion and Malta Air.

Difficult moment

O'Leary himself, in the note sent to the employees, wishes Wilson luck at a time when the airline faces "very difficult times."

The Brexit (Ryanair is an Irish airline and this is precisely the country that most suffered the impact of an abrupt departure from the United Kingdom from the European Union) and the delay in the delivery of the Boeing MAX (the airline had the devices for this summer) are the challenges Wilson will have to deal with.

Ryanair "has been forced to close or resize some bases to accommodate the fact that we will have at least 30 aircraft less than expected this winter and probably the same number, or even more, next summer," says the airline.

Cabin crew and Ryanair pilots in Spain have called for stoppages after announcing the airline that will close on January 8, 2020 its bases at the Spanish airports of Gran Canaria, Tenerife South, Lanzarote and Girona, and that will initiate a dismissal of 512 employees.

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