This week, Ryanair announced a new pilot training partnership with Cork-based international flight school, Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA.) An Tánaiste, Simon Coveney, launched the partnership which will create 50 new jobs and facilitate Ryanair’s continued growth across Europe.

Coveney said, “Ryanair is one of Ireland’s world class business successes and this announcement confirming the next generation of Ryanair pilots will be trained in Cork is a most welcome one. I hope many will be based in Cork when they qualify to fly on the new routes announced from Cork Airport.”

“Ryanair is one of Ireland’s world class business successes.”

The new 16 month programme will give trainee pilots a structured path to achieving their pilot licence, in the expectation that they will be ready to join the Ryanair Boeing 737 type-rating programme when they have completed it.

The trainees will be trained by AFTA instructors (using Ryanair procedures) who are cementing their status as a leading provider of pilot training programmes. AFTA are expected to recruit and train up to 450 pilots in the next five years.   

Coveney continued, “Atlantic Flight Training Academy has also established itself as an industry leader in training and this announcement confirms that. Finally, to the 450 trainees who will launch their careers from here, I wish you every success.”

Ryanair Chief Marketing, 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.”

He continued, “We are also launching our Cork summer 2019 schedule, our biggest ever, with 16 routes including four exciting new routes to Budapest, London Luton, Malta and Poznan, further cementing our commitment to Cork and the Munster region.”

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