On October 19, 2020, the Düsseldorf base carried out the last Lauda flight. The approximately 150 employees who received their “blue letters” a few weeks ago are now facing acute unemployment. The majority of the Düsseldorf “Laudas” agree to the “new conditions” that should be enforced by the management and it was initially communicated internally that this basis - in contrast to Stuttgart - has been saved.
But it wasn't long before Ryanair changed his mind and they Closure of the largest Lauda station in Germany was fixed. The notice of termination was then sent to all employees, with many taking action against them at the local labor court. According to reports, an exorbitant number of actions for protection against dismissal by dismissed employees of the Lauda bases in Düsseldorf and Stuttgart are pending in court. A captain who, after 40 years of accident-free service, made his last flight for Lauda before retiring, criticized the group in his “farewell announcement” a few days ago. He said, among other things, that "the company" would treat its employees "in part with inhumanity". The announcement can be made under this link in the original sound be heard.
A very unusual detail: After the Closure of the base in Baden-Württemberg was official and the staff was already holding the letter of termination in their hands, the Laudamotion successor Lauda Europe turned to Stuttgart flight attendants. They were offered a new job in Düsseldorf and explicitly pointed out that the wages that would have been approved for Stuttgart apply. In many cases, this very consent was never given. But nothing came of the "replacement job" in North Rhine-Westphalia anyway, because just a few days later Lauda announced the closure of the Düsseldorf base and referred in an internal circular to the fact that Ryanair had decided to do so.
In contrast to Vienna and Palma de Mallorca, Düsseldorf and Stuttgart were never on the Maltese Lauda Europe rearranged. The Austrian Laudamotion, which is to be closed as an airline at the end of the month, was used at both German locations. With the closure of the base at NRW's largest airport, neither Laudamotion nor Lauda Europe have stationed aircraft in Germany. The company has thus withdrawn from the Federal Republic and terminated all employees. This does not apply to routes that are operated on behalf of Ryanair from Palma de Mallorca. Personnel and aircraft stationed in Spain are deployed here.
About 150 people are affected by the loss of jobs due to the closure of the Lauda base in Düsseldorf. Seven Airbus A320 medium-haul jets were stationed. Around eight cockpit crews and four cabin crews were employed per aircraft. Curious, but unfortunately true: until the very end we were still Flight attendant courses by the temporary employment agency Crewlink held. According to reports, three training courses were still running. These are also affected by the closure of the base.