Ryanair has signed a major new training partnership with Cork-based international flight school Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA) to deliver a Ryanair/AFTA Mentored Pilot Programme.
The Irish low-cost carrier said the partnership will ensure it continues to attract highly trained professional pilots to support its continued growth across Europe, and it will create 50 new jobs.
This new 16-month intensive training programme gives trainee pilots a structured path to achieve their pilot licence and reach a standard where they are ready to join the Ryanair Boeing 737 type-rating programme.
Trainee pilots on the programme will be trained by AFTA instructors using Ryanair procedures as they take their first steps towards becoming Ryanair pilots and over the next five years, up to 450 new pilots from across Europe will be recruited and trained by AFTA in Cork, underlining AFTA’s global position in the pilot training market.
Ryanair also launched its biggest ever Cork summer schedule for 2019, with four new routes to Budapest, London Luton, Malta and Poznan, more flights to Malaga, and 16 routes in total. Ryanair said it will deliver 1.1 million customers through Cork Airport next year as it grows its Cork traffic by 20 per cent.
Ryanair’s chief marketing officer, Kenny Jacobs, said: “Ryanair is pleased to announce this training partnership with AFTA which has an impressive track record in training top-class pilots to the highest standards.”
AFTA managing director, Mark Casey said: “We are delighted to be chosen as the mentored pilot programme partner for Ryanair in Ireland. AFTA has a long-standing relationship with Ryanair and a large number of our graduates currently fly as First officers, Captains, Training Captains and management pilots with the airline
“The “Mentored Pilot Programme” will give successful applicants accepted on the Ryanair Mentored Pilot Programme a clear path towards a long and successful career as a Ryanair pilot.
“Ryanair’s training department is recognised as the best in the industry and mentored Cadets will have access to Ryanair training applications and systems from commencement of training.”