An Irish ultra-low-cost carrier Ryanair opens a €50 million aviation training center near Dublin Airport (DUB), Ireland. Here, over the next five years, the airline aims to train and recruit more than 5,000 new employees, including flight crew, cabin crew, engineers, and ground agents.

The training center is equipped with three full-motion simulators, one for Boeing 737 MAX and two for Airbus A320 pilots, as well as two fixed-base simulators, one of the Boeing 737 and one of the Airbus A320. There are 15 classrooms for theoretical training, five individual pilot briefing/de-briefing rooms, a cabin fire training center, and an emergency evacuation training device.

During the opening on September 14, 2021, the airline also announced an agreement with Airline Flight Academy, which will operate and run the new center as well as “play a central role” in recruiting aviation professionals for Ryanair, according to the air carrier’s statement. 

Over the next five years, the airline wants to recruit and train more than 5,000 flight crew, cabin crew, aircraft engineers, and ground agents in the facility.

By 2025, Ryanair expects tol face a bounce back from the ongoing pandemic and serve 200 million travelers annually.

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“We have invested over €50m in this state-of-the-art Training Centre, and our agreement with AFA [Airline Flight Academy ‒ ed. note] ]will deliver over 5,000 highly trained pilots, cabin crew, engineers, and ground operations professionals over the next 5 years,” Ryanair chief executive officer Eddie Wilson outlined in the company’s statement.

“Ryanair will create over 5,000 new jobs thanks to the expansion of our Boeing 737 fleet, with 210 MAX Gamechangers [the Boeing 737 MAX 8-200 aircraft ‒ ed. note] to be delivered over the next 5 years which will enable Ryanair to grow to carry 200m passengers p.a. by 2025,” Wilson said.