Ireland’s Ryanair aims to hire 5,000 new employees

Ireland’s Ryanair aims to hire 5,000 new employees

London Irish airline Ryanair said Thursday that it plans to create 5,000 jobs over the next five years as part of its recovery from the shock of the coronavirus pandemic.

Additional pilots, cabin crew and engineers will mean the company will have the more than 3,000 jobs it shed at the start of the pandemic last year.

CEO Michael O’Leary said the carrier has been picking up on time slots vacated by airlines that have either collapsed or plummeted over the past 18 months or so.

“Ryanair will open 10 new bases across Europe this year as we work with airport partners to help them restore post-COVID traffic and jobs, seizing opportunities vacated by competing airlines that have collapsed or significantly reduced their fleet size,” he said before the annual meeting. To the company’s shareholders in Dublin.

Ryanair has also upgraded its growth forecast over the next five years, with the number of passengers expected to grow by 50%, compared to a previously expected 33%. This equates to 226 million passengers by March 2026, 25 million more than previous targets.

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“We can recover strongly from the COVID pandemic and achieve higher-than-expected growth in both traffic and jobs over the next five years,” O’Leary said.

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