Ryanair to hire 2,000 pilots over the next three years

New recruits will be trained throughout this year in time for the 2022 summer season 

European low-cost carrier, Ryanair, has announced that it will recruit 2,000 new pilots to crew new aircraft deliveries over the next three years.  

In June the airline accepted its first Boeing 737-8200 MAX with a further 209 of the type on order allowing the company to create thousands of jobs across its fleet for pilots, cabin crew and ground staff.  

According to the Irish carrier, pilots are expected to enjoy, “great pay, industry leading five on, four off rosters, outstanding career development and world class training”.  

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Most captain vacancies created by these new aircraft will be filled by internal promotions which creates opportunities for replacement first officers, and ultimately new cadet pilots who can start their career so they can grow into the next generation of Ryanair’s first officers and captains. 

The budget operator has partnered with Airline Flight Academy in Dublin to deliver Boeing 737 training courses as part of this recruitment drive.  

However, in a blow to some UK based applicants, pilots must hold an EASA license to apply, due to the country’s departure from the European Union.   

Darrell Hughes, Ryanair’s people director, said: “As we take delivery of more than 210 Boeing 737-8200 gamechanger aircraft, Ryanair will recruit 2,000+ pilots over the next three years to fill positions created by this growth. This is great news for experienced and aspiring pilots but also for our own pilots who will enjoy fast tracked promotions.  

“Throughout the pandemic, Ryanair has worked closely with our people to save jobs and we are delighted to start planning for a return to growth over the coming years as we recover from the Covid-19 crisis and grow to 200m guests by FY2024.”