Belfast Telegraph

Ryanair expansion to create 1,000 jobs

By Jamie Grierson

Low-cost airline Ryanair is to create more than 1,000 jobs this year as it expands its fleet and bases around Europe.

The Dublin-based operator said it would be hiring pilots, cabin crew engineers and sales and marketing staff as it increases its number of aircraft to 305 from 270 in a move which will boost its 8,000-strong workforce by nearly 13%.

The fleet expansion comes as it opens new bases in Billund, in Denmark, Wroclaw, in Poland, Palma, in Spain, Paphos, in Cyprus, and Manchester.

Ryanair posted profits of £467.5m in the six months to September 30, an increase of 20%, as a 13% rise in average fares helped it offset a 37% hike in fuel costs.

The group said the expansion comes as it expects traffic to grow from 76m passengers in 2011 to 80m in 2012.

Ryanair said some of the new jobs would be created in the UK including Manchester, though details are still being finalised.