Business expansion
European Union
Location of affected unit(s)
Ireland, other European countries
Transportation / Storage
Land, Water And Air Transportation
Air Transport
51.10 - Passenger air transport

2,000 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
12 July 2021
Employment effect (start)
12 July 2021
Foreseen end date
1 June 2022


The low-cost Irish carrier has announced that it will hire about 2,000 pilots in Europe over the next three years, as the company recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

New pilots will be recruited to crew aircraft deliveries. As part of this recruitment drive, Ryanair will deliver Boeing 737 training courses in partnership with Airline Flight Academy in Dublin, Ireland. Training courses will take place through 2021 to be ready for summer 2022 for Ryanair’s locations across Europe. The airline has received its first Boeing 737-8200 Gamechanger aircraft, which will help reduce fuel consumption, costs and noise, and CO2 emissions.

Ryanair is an Irish low-cost airline founded in 1984. Ryanair's route network serves 40 countries in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.

Previous restructuring programmes were announced in May 2020 (3,250 jobs cut) and June 2021 (1,000 jobs created).



Eurofound (2021), Ryanair, Business expansion in European Union, factsheet number 105109, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/105109.