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Ryanair Invests €50m In New Training Centre In Santry

Laura Donnelly
Laura Donnelly

05:34 14 Sep 2021


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Ryanair says it plans to train thousands of airline staff in a major new base in Dublin.

€50m will be invested in the Aviation Training Centre in Santry, near Dublin airport.

Ryanair says 5,000 pilots, cabin crew, engineers and ground operations professionals will be trained in the facility over the next 5 years.

While the staff could be based anywhere across the company's European operations, Ryanair says it's hoped many will work from Ireland.

The new Training and Simulator Centre contains 3 full motion simulators, together with 2 fixed base simulators. Additionally, this new AFA Centre contains a state of the art cabin crew training and emergency evacuation device, as well as a specialist cabin fire training centre. The AFA Centre contains over 15 large classroom training centres and 5 individual pilot briefing/de-briefing rooms.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says: "After what has been an incredibly difficult 18months, today’s announcement is a real vote of confidence in the airline industry as it rebuilds after the pandemic. This €50m investment in a new training centre and the creation of 5,000 jobs across Europe, will mean fantastic opportunities for pilots, cabin crew, engineers and ground ops professionals over the next 5 years. It’s incredible growth and makes me really optimistic for the future. Congratulations to the team involved."

Ryanair’s CEO Eddie Wilson says: "We have invested over €50m in this state-of-the-art Training Centre, and our agreement with AFA will deliver over 5,000 highly trained pilots, cabin crew, engineers and ground operations professionals over the next 5 years. Ryanair will create over 5,000 new jobs thanks to the expansion of our Boeing 737 fleet, with 210 MAX Gamechangers to be delivered over the next 5 years which will enable Ryanair to grow to carry 200m passengers p.a. by 2025."

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