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Ryanair will create 5,000 new jobs

Tour operator Ryanair will create 5,000 jobs over the next five years as part of post-Covid recovery plans.

The hiring strategy comes after the company announced it would lay off 3,000 workers early last year due to the Covid crisis.

However, company chief executive Michael O’Leary said the airline is in a better position and has clawed back vacant travel slots from collapsed airlines after Covid-19 hit the industry hard.

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary (Image: ITV)

Speaking ahead of the company’s annual meeting of shareholders, he said: “Ryanair will open 10 new bases across Europe this year as we work with airport partners to help them recover traffic and jobs after Covid, and seize the niche opportunities that are released by competing airlines that have collapsed or have significantly reduced their fleet size. ”

Ryanair plans to create more than 5,000 new jobs for pilots, cabin crew and engineers over the next five years, and the group is delighted to have opened an aviation training center earlier this week. € 50million (£ 43million) in Dublin, with two more high-quality training centers planned in Spain and Poland over the next five years. “

He added: “We can recover strongly from the Covid pandemic and generate higher than expected growth in traffic and employment over the next five years.”

Ryanair has also improved its growth forecast over the next five years, with projections that the number of passengers will increase by 50%, from 33% previously forecast.

The bosses said they now plan to carry 225 million passengers by March 2026, 25 million more than previous targets.


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