The German regional airports Frankfurt-Hahn and Weeze could face hard times, because the main customer Ryanair is holding out the prospect of closing the bases. Berlin-Tegel is also shaking, as can be seen from an internal circular.
The background to this is that the majority of the unionized pilots rejected the new Malta Air collective agreement. Now parent company Ryanair wants to draw conclusions - analogous to the Lauda model in Stuttgart. The closure of Frankfurt-Hahn on November 1, 2020 has already been announced. According to the letter to the employees, Weeze and Berlin-Tegel could also be closed.
In Cologne / Bonn, Berlin-Schönefeld and Frankfurt am Main, there should be an excess of staff, according to the company. This will be dismantled before the winter flight schedule, so many layoffs can be expected. Malta Air staff will also be cut in Memmingen and Karlsruhe / Baden-Baden.
If the Ryanair Group does not station another group carrier, for example Lauda or Buzz, in Weeze and Frankfurt-Hahn and also does not serve the routes from other airports, this would have considerable disadvantages for the two loss-making regional airports, because the is at both airports Ryanair Group's main customer.