Ryanair to create 5,000 jobs over next 5 years as airline plans Covid recovery

Ryanair is planning to open 10 new airport bases across Europe as part of its ambitious pandemic recovery plans

Ryanair will create 5,000 new jobs over the next five years as part of recovery plans from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The budget airline will create roles for pilots, cabin crew and engineers, alongside the launch of 10 new bases across Europe.

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The ambitious plans come after the company announced at the start of the pandemic that it would lay off 3,000 workers due to the crisis.

What has the boss of Ryanair said?

Ryanair revealed plans to open 10 new bases across Europe this year as the airline works with partners to aid recovery.

Growth forecasts for the next five years have been upgraded with the airline predicting that passenger numbers will grow by 50% - much higher than the previously predicted 33%.

The airline expects to fly 225 million passengers by March 2026, which is 25 million more than previous targets.

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has said the airline is in a better position now after the travel industry was hit hard during the height of the pandemic.

One of the reasons for this, O’Leary said, is because of the airline taking up “slot opportunities that are being vacated by competitor airlines who have collapsed or significantly reduced their fleet sizes.”

Speaking ahead of the company’s annual shareholder meeting, Mr O’Leary said: “We can recover strongly from the Covid pandemic and deliver higher-than-expected growth in both traffic and jobs over the next five years.”

Earlier this week, Ryanair also opened a 50 million euro (£43 million) Aviation Training Centre in Dublin, and plans to open two more high-quality training centres in Spain and Poland over the next five years.

What was announced earlier this week?

In an interview with The Sunday Times, Mr O’Leary revealed there will be a surge in flight and hotel costs next summer as Brits rush to holiday in Europe.

The chief executive warned prices will be “dramatically higher” due to “less capacity” as top airlines have been forced to reduce their fleet sizes throughout the pandemic.

Mr O’Leary also announced the winter plan for Ryanair, revealing it will cut its prices to “grab market share everywhere” and help with the airline’s recovery plan.

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