Irish budget carrier Ryanair has detailed its expansion plans for 2017 which will see it add 50 aircraft and create over 3,500 new jobs.
Ryanair said that it will be hiring 2,000 new cabin crew, 1,000 pilots and 250 aircraft engineers, as well as promoting over 300 First Officers on its command upgrade program across its 84-base European network. Ryanair is also creating a number of IT, Sales & Marketing, Digital Experience, as well as Finance and Commercial roles at Ryanair's Dublin office, and at its Travel Labs Poland subsidiary in Wroclaw.
Eddie Wilson, Ryanair's chief people officer said that 2017 will be the airline's biggest recruitment year to date.
"Ryanair is now considered to be the ‘go-to’ airline for both cadet and direct entry hires, with our industry leading 5/4 roster for pilots, and both pilots and cabin crew have the opportunity to work on the youngest fleet in Europe as we take delivery of our new Boeing aircraft.
Its announcement also came as traffic figures showed Ryanair flew 13% more passengers year-on-year in September, at 10.8 million. Rolling traffic for the year up to September has also grown by up 16% 113.2 million customers!
Due to the rising traffic, the company is also expecting prices to fall on their flights in the next few months.
Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary has been an outspoken critic of Brexit and said earlier this month that airlines were delaying investment decisions in the UK until there was more clarity on negotiations over the UK's exit from the EU.
Ryanair confirmed a number of engineering jobs would be created in Glasgow Prestwick Airport and some cabin crew posts at its 13 UK airport bases.
The carrier, which currently employs 11,500 staff, is aiming to have over 500 aircraft over the next five years - up from the current level of 355.