Belfast Telegraph

Ryanair pilot hunt lands in South Africa

By John Mulligan

Having scoured Brazil and the Middle East for pilots last year, Ryanair is embarking on a trawl of South Africa in its bid to boost crew numbers.

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It's hoping to hire experienced Boeing 737 captains, as well as captains currently flying other aircraft such as Airbus jets.

Ryanair is hosting open days in Johannesburg and Cape Town later this month as it continues to source pilots for its bases across Europe.

The airline has pointed out to candidates that its fleet of 425 jets will increase to almost 600 by 2024, as annual passenger numbers hit 200 million.

Ryanair stepped up its pilot hiring and training last year after a rostering debacle that saw it ground thousands of flights.

Chief operations officer Peter Bellew said before Christmas that retaining existing pilots was one of his top priorities.

As Ryanair released strong third-quarter results , Mr Bellew insisted the airline is not experiencing issues hiring pilots.

Belfast Telegraph