Budget carrier Ryanair acted lawfully when it dismissed pilots and cabin crew from its Eindhoven base, but will have to pay the ex-employees, a judge has ruled.
A pilot and six cabin crew members filed the case after the Irish airline closed its Eindhoven Airport base in November 2018, citing economic reasons. However, former employees claimed it was a reaction to staff going on strike after collective bargaining failed.
The pilot and cabin crew rejected Ryanair’s offer to be transferred to another base and were subsequently fired.
The judge ruled in the airline’s favour based on an independent report showing that the Eindhoven base was among Ryanair’s worst performing hubs, confirming their claims it was closed for economic reasons.
The airline was ordered to pay the pilot approximately €150,000 and the cabin crew €10,000 each.