Ryanair launches recruitment drive for 2,000 pilot jobs ahead of reopening of international travel next week 2 years ago

Ryanair launches recruitment drive for 2,000 pilot jobs ahead of reopening of international travel next week

The airline says the roles will offer "great pay" and "world class training".

Ryanair has announced a recruitment drive for 2,000 new pilots to crew aircraft deliveries over the next three years ahead of the reopening of international travel on 19 July.


From next Monday, the EU Digital Green Certificate will allow people to travel anywhere in the EU provided they can prove they have been fully vaccinated, recovered from Covid-19, or have a negative Covid-19 PCR test.

While the pass came into effect throughout Europe last week, it won't be implemented in Ireland until 19 July due to delays caused by the HSE cyber attack. People across Ireland who are fully vaccinated are set to begin receiving their Covid passes via email or letter from today.

Ahead of this rollout, Ryanair says it is attempting to "rebuild from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic" on the aviation industry with a huge recruitment drive for 2,000 pilots over the next three years.

The recruitment drive has been launched to coincide with Ryanair taking delivery of over 200 models of the Boeing 737-8200 aircraft, described as a "Gamechanger", which will help lower costs, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.


The aircraft will have capacity for eight more seats per flight, but burns 16% less fuel and lowers noise emissions by 40%.

The investment in the new aircraft means that the airline is now offering 2,000 jobs for experienced and aspiring pilots.

Ryanair promises that the pilots will also enjoy "great pay, industry leading five on, four off rosters, outstanding career development and world class training".

As part of the company's career development initiatives, most Captain vacancies created by these new aircraft deliveries will be filled by "internal promotions" to create opportunities for replacement First Officers, and new cadet pilots.


Training courses for the new pilots are set to take place through 2021 to be ready for Summer 2022 for positions all over Europe. The airline partnered with Airline Flight Academy in Dublin to deliver Boeing 737 Training Courses as part of this recruitment drive.

Aspiring pilots can also check out careers.ryanair.com/pilots for more details of the Ryanair Mentored training programmes.

“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," Ryanair’s People Director Darrell Hughes said on Monday.

"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’’.