Ryanair to recruit up to 400 pilots as part of new training programme 4 years ago

Ryanair to recruit up to 400 pilots as part of new training programme

The airline says the career opportunities will offer “outstanding earnings potential”.

Ryanair says that up to 400 pilots across Europe will be hired in the next four to five years following the official launch of a major new training partnership.


Friday marked the official launch of Ryanair’s partnership with Aviomar Flight Academy in Rome, in which Ryanair aims to attract highly-trained professional pilots to support its growth across Europe.

The airline claims to offer “unparalleled career opportunities for new pilots”, including:

  • The best rosters in European aviation – five days on, followed by four days off
  • Outstanding earnings potential
  • Fastest time to command upgrade (three to four years)
  • Structured command upgrade programme
  • 82 bases
  • Industry leading training standards and success rates

Ryanair says the programme, which commenced in October 2019, gives trainee pilots a structured path to achieve an exceptional training course and reach a standard where they are ready to join the Ryanair Boeing 737 Type Rating programme.


Pilots on the programme will be trained by Aviomar Flight Academy instructors, using Ryanair procedures, on their first steps towards becoming Ryanair pilots.

The airline plans to recruit up to 400 new pilots across Europe to be trained by Aviomar Flight Academy in the next four to five years. Newly-trained pilots who start their ab-initio training now will begin their careers with Ryanair from early 2022.

Commenting on the new partnership with Aviomar Flight Academy, Ryanair’s Director of Operations Neal McMahon said: “Ryanair is pleased to announce this training partnership with Aviomar Flight Academy, which has an impressive track record in training top-class pilots to the highest standards.

“This new training programme is Ryanair’s only mentored pilot programme in Southern Europe, and this partnership highlights our commitment to supporting, developing and recruiting pilots for current and future positions.


“With hundreds of daily Ryanair flights into Italy, we expect students from across Europe to avail of Ryanair’s low fares and enrol in Aviomar Flight Academy’s Ryanair Mentored pilot training programme.”

People interested in more information on the training programme can contact Aviomar Flight Academy on info@aviomar.org.