Ryanair opens new Dublin training and simulator centre

New pilot, cabin crew and service personnel opportunities are set to be created over the next 5 years as a result

Ryanair has unveiled its new 50m Aviation Training Centre in Santry, Dublin, in partnership with its training provider, Airline Flight Academy (AFA).

The building houses three full motion simulators including a Boeing 737 MAX and two Airbus A320’s as well as a fixed based training device for each aircraft type.

The centre also contains a cabin crew training and emergency evacuation device and a specialist fire training centre.

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Ryanair trainees will be able to make use of 15 large classrooms and five individual pilot briefing areas, allowing the ultra-low-cost carrier to train over 5,000 new pilots, cabin crew, engineers and ground operation professionals over the next five years.

The demand for crew training comes as the airline has orders for 210 Boeing 737-8200 aircraft, which it hopes will enable the growth of annual passenger traffic to 200m by 2025.

Eddie Wilson, Ryanair’s CEO, said: “We have invested over €50m in this state-of-the-art Training Centre [and] Ryanair will create over 5,000 new jobs thanks to the expansion of our Boeing 737 fleet. The AFA team have been a recruitment and training partner of Ryanair for many years, and we look forward to continuing to invest in this agreement, which has to date, enabled Ryanair to recruit and train over 18,000 highly qualified aviation professionals.”

AFA is Ryanair’s exclusive cadet training partner and, while the flight school will continue to aid Ryanair with pilot recruitment and training, it will also operate and run the new centre.

Francis Farrell, Director AFA, added: “We are excited to be chosen to operate and run this new Aviation Training Centre and have committed to delivering Ryanair over 5,000 highly trained professionals using these state of the art facilities. Ireland has always been a centre for high quality aviation professionals and AFA’s agreement with Ryanair will create new jobs, both here in Ireland and across Europe as Ryanair continues to recover and grow post Covid.”