Nuremberg (dpa) - After the announcement to close its base at Nuremberg airport, the Irish budget airline Ryanair will also deduct its aircraft from the Swedish airport Stockholm Skavsta.
In October, the airline had already announced the closure of Hamburg, last year from Bremen. Ryanair has released information to investors explaining that the footsteps are due to delivery bottlenecks on the new Boeing 737 Max.
The aircraft are currently occupied after crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia with a total of 346 dead with a global ban on flights.
Ryanair claims to have ordered 20 machines for the summer of next year and only received 10. Accordingly, the expected number of passengers had to be reduced from 157 million to 156 million passengers.
"This bottleneck in the delivery of Max aircraft will necessitate the closure of two more bases in the summer of 2020 - Nuremberg and Stockholm Skavsta," the statement said. At other locations, there will be smaller capacity restrictions.
In Nuremberg alone, 120 crewmembers are said to be affected. Ryanair did not say anything about her future. According to media reports, individual crew members should have received offers for alternative jobs in Morocco. A Ryanair spokeswoman was out of reach.
"We regret these further base closures and smaller capacity cuts at other bases due solely to further delivery delays on our Boeing Max aircraft," said Ryanair DAC chief executive Eddie Wilson. Ryanair wants to work with Boeing, its staff, unions and airports to minimize its impact.
The managing director of the airport Nuremberg, Michael Hupe, described the decision of Ryanair as "a strike for the metropolitan region of Nuremberg". Ryanair wanted to fly 20 destinations from Nuremberg in the summer timetable.
Only a third of it will probably remain. The majority of Ryanair flights to and from Nuremberg is very busy. Nuremberg Airport counted 4.47 million passengers last year. Hundreds of thousands are likely to be lost. The airport will immediately seek to seek compensation from other airlines, said a spokesman.
The ADV Airport Association considers the increased air traffic tax in Germany to be the true reason behind the decision against the Ryanair bases in Hamburg and Nuremberg. Currently, the return on sales of an airline is 2 to 3 percent for a European route.
"Since the surcharge of 5.53 euros in European traffic can only be passed on to a limited extent by price increases, it was to be expected that many direct flights from Germany would become uneconomic for the airlines," said ADV Chief Executive Ralph Beisel. The Federal Government had decided on a corresponding increase per ticket, which is to take effect on April 1, 2020.
Ryanair is one of Europe's largest airlines with more than 2,400 daily flights to 200 destinations in 40 countries. The airline currently has a fleet of 475 aircraft. Another 210 aircraft were ordered.
Communication Nuremberg Airport