Ryanair forced to close 2 bases in Europe amid ongoing Boeing 737 MAX grounding

Dec 6, 2019

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The ongoing effects of the Boeing 737 MAX grounding continue to take their toll — this time, on Ryanair. The low-cost carrier announced on Wednesday that it was forced to close bases in Nuremberg, Germany and Stockholm Skavsta, Sweden, as a result of MAX delivery delays.

The airline said that it expects to take delivery of 10 737 MAX aircraft, rather than the 20 that it had originally planned to accept. As a result, it’s expecting to carry 156 million passengers — one million fewer that its previous prediction.

While the carrier is cutting bases at two airports now, Ryanair said that it expects to cut summer capacity at a number of other bases.

Wednesday’s announcement was the second time Ryanair has been forced to reduce its outlook. In July, the airline cut its passenger growth forecast from 7% to 3%.

Boeing 737 MAXs have been grounded for months following safety concerns. At this time, there is no set date for the aircraft to return to service.

Featured photo by Nicolas Economou/Getty Images.

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