Irish Ryanair establishes UK training centre

Ryanair has opened its new European Training Centre at London Stansted Airport. Ryanair confirmed that it will create over 1,000 new jobs for pilots, cabin crew, and engineers in 2016, more than 450 of which will be located at Ryanair’s 13 UK airport bases to support its 14 new Boeing 737-800 aircraft, an investment of over $1.4bn in the British economy. These new jobs will bring to more than 3,500 well paid aviation professionals that Ryanair employs directly in Britain, in addition to sustaining thousands of support jobs at Ryanair’s 18 UK airports.
Speaking at London Stansted Airport, Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said: “We are pleased to welcome Chancellor Osborne to open our new European Training Centre which now includes 4 flight simulators, a full aircraft interior for cabin crew training, and an industry leading full scale engineering training aircraft. These new facilities will allow Ryanair to recruit and train over 1,000 pilots, cabin crew and engineers in 2016, and many of these jobs will be based across Ryanair’s 13 UK based airports, where we are adding 14 new aircraft, and growing our UK traffic from 36m passengers to 41m passengers in 2016.”
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne said: “Attracting the investment Britain needs from around the world in order to keep growing and creating good jobs here at home is key if we are to create lasting economic security for working people. That’s why I’m delighted to be at Ryanair today to hear about their plans to create 450 new highly skilled jobs this year in the UK.”
Charlie Cornish, Chief Executive of MAG, owner of London Stansted Airport, said: “I’m delighted Ryanair has chosen London Stansted Airport as the base for its new training and engineering facilities, particularly at a time when both businesses are seeing significant growth. Together, London Stansted and Ryanair have been at the forefront of the European air travel revolution of the last 20 years. When Ryanair first started flying from London Stansted, passengers had a choice of just a dozen EU destinations but this morning they can choose from over 140 EU destinations, more than at any other UK airport. As competition has strengthened, airlines have become more efficient, air fares have fallen, and choice has increased. By opening up the European travel market to competition, the EU has done far more for British consumers and businesses than any government could ever have done acting on its own. London Stansted delivers more European visitors into London than any other airport, generating a significant economic boost to London’s economy and UK PLC. Leaving the EU would undoubtedly be a huge backward step for UK aviation, a sector that employs around 1 million people and supports some of our most successful and innovative industries.”