Hundreds of jobs at Ryanair are under threat within weeks, the airline’s boss has warned staff.
In a video message, Michael O’Leary said the job cuts among pilots and cabin crew would be announced before the end of August.
It’s unclear how many staff in Malta will be affected by the decision.
It’s been reported that as many as 1,500 jobs could go – but a Ryanair spokeswoman told 89.7 Bay News: ‘Ryanair expects approximately 900 current staff could be impacted – not 1,500 as falsely reported.’
In the video, Mr O’Leary says the carrier has about 500 too many pilots and 400 too many flight attendants.
He also says that recruitment plans for an additional 600 staff for next summer will be put on hold.
Expansion plans at the airline have been hit by the decision to ground the Boeing 737 Max aircraft in the wake of two deadly crashes.
The first wave of job losses could come as early as the autumn, with further losses after Christmas.
Ryanair operates out of 86 bases across Europe, including Malta Airport, and employs about 9,000 people.
The low-cost airline has been flying to Malta since 2006 and is now the biggest operator at Luqa Airport.