CityJet (WX, Dublin Int'l) has formally made more than 250 of its employees redundant, the Irish Independent has reported, despite the pilots staging a protest outside the carrier's offices near Dublin Int'l Airport last month.

The airline told the newspaper that 46 pilots and 62 cabin crew were among those notified that they had been let go and that "a small number" more will be told this week.

It has also identified 149 jobs in Dublin and London Luton that are at risk in support and engineering roles and at the company's headquarters. A number of these personnel have already received redundancy notifications, with the rest to be informed in the coming days.

CityJet employed 1,175 people before the current crisis. Controlled by the lessor Falko Regional Aircraft, it entered into examinership in mid-April, protecting it from creditors. Its Swedish, Finnish, Dutch, and French subsidiaries have already filed for bankruptcy.

"Unfortunately, it has not proved possible to find any solution to the current situation other than to make compulsory redundancies," a CityJet letter to one of the pilots said.

The airline operates twenty-eight CRJ900LRs and four ARJ-85s, according to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module. Only six of the CRJs are currently active, all of them for SAS Scandinavian Airlines (SK, Copenhagen Kastrup), its only remaining contract.

Some CityJet pilots have accused the company of offshoring jobs to Copenhagen Kastrup, but it told the Irish Independent: "CityJet is not offshoring jobs for pilots as we employ CRJ900-type rated pilots in Scandinavia where the only flying operations we have managed to retain are actually based. This cannot be described as offshoring as the pilots involved live and work there and have been employed for a number of years."

Twenty Dublin-based pilots have been offered CityJet roles in Copenhagen, the newspaper said.