Ryanair will create over 3,500 jobs next year as it takes delivery of 50 aircraft in the coming 12 months.
Its fleet is expanding following orders it placed with Boeing within the past few years. Ryanair will have over 500 aircraft by 2024. It took delivery of its 400th jet earlier this year.
Much of the growth is being targeted in countries such as Germany and Spain.
Ryanair said that it will require an additional 2,000 cabin crew, 1,000 pilots and 250 engineers over the next year. It will also promote over 300 first officers across its European network. Ryanair has 84 bases.
Ryanair expects to carry 117 million passengers in its current financial year, and 120 million in 2019. With its new aircraft orders, it expects to carry 180 million people in 2024.
Yesterday, the airline said that it carried 10.8 million passengers in September. That was a 13pc rise on September 2015. Its load factor, or the percentage of available seats it filled, rose one percentage point to 95pc.
Ryanair said that a range of new positions will be created by the airline in the coming year in functions including IT, sales and marketing, digital, as well as finance and commercial divisions at its headquarters in Dublin, and also at its Travel Labs subsidiary in Wroclaw, Poland.
Eddie Wilson, Ryanair’s chief people officer, said 2017 would be the airline’s busiest recruitment year. He added that over the next five years the airline will hire a total of 5,000 people.
At the end of last March, Ryanair employed 3,424 pilots, 6,933 flight attendants, 356 people in ground operations, 485 administrative staff, 148 maintenance crew, and 112 members of management.