Ryanair to hire 300 new pilots, cabin crew, IT specialists in Portugal

Ryanair continues its expansion in Portugal. The ultra-low-cost carrier launched its major recruitment campaign offering a total of 300 vacancies for flight crew, cabin crew, and IT professionals to work from the airline’s bases in Lisbon, Porto, Faro, and Ponta Delgada. 

The Irish air carrier started a new recruitment campaign during which the airline plans to hire more than 300 flight and cabin crew members as well as IT specialists to operate in its four Portuguese bases, including Lisbon (LIS), Porto (OPO), Faro (FAO), and Ponta Delgada (PDL), the local media announced. The move comes after Ryanair’s recent investment into the LIS base, where the air carrier is focused to add three more aircraft in November 2021.

“We are pleased to announce this recruitment campaign for new jobs in Portugal, as Ryanair continues to invest in our Portuguese operations, not only in Lisbon but also in the Porto, Faro and Ponta Delgada regions. […] Ryanair is a major employer and investor in Portugal and we are pleased to be able to offer pilots, crew, and IT professionals exciting opportunities with industry-leading salaries, rosters of service, and excellent career development as Ryanair grows, invests in our staff and rebuilds the tourism industry in Portugal”, Darrell Hughes, the Director of Personnel of Ryanair, was quoted in the airline’s statement.

In early August 2021, the airline announced its plans to invest more than €253 million ($300 million) to Lisbon base, where it will base three more aircraft, bringing a total number of planes in the base to seven jets. The company expects to offer 250 weekly flights across 22 new destinations, including Italy, Morocco, France, Spain, Poland, United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, and others. 

According to Ryanair, its expansion in Lisbon should support the recovery of the local tourism sector by creating 4,000 direct and indirect jobs, while “contributing over €138 million annually in government taxes and fees”.


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