Ryanair has announced plans to create more than 3,500 new jobs next year as it takes delivery of 50 new aircraft to boost its fleet.
The airline, which earlier reported a 13 per cent rise in passenger traffic to 10.8 million in September, said it will hire 2,000 new cabin crew, 1,000 pilots and 250 aircraft engineers as well as promoting more than 300 first officers across its European network, which covers 84 bases.
It will also create new positions in areas like IT, sales and marketing, digital, finance and commercial at its Dublin office and at its Travel Labs Poland subsidiary in Wroclaw, Poland.
"As our aircraft numbers grow from 355 to over 500 in the next five years, Ryanair will hire over 5,000 new people," Ryanair's Eddie Wilson said. “2017 is set to be our busiest recruitment year to date and we are continuing to invest heavily in talent for the future."
The airline also released September traffic figures today, showing its load factor rose by one percentage point to 95 per cent last month. Rolling annual traffic grew by 16 per cent in the year to September to 113.2 million customers.
Outlining its plans for the German market, Ryanair said it expected to increase its German flights by about 20 per cent next summer, adding nine new routes from Hamburg. It also said German demand was shifting to flights to Spain, Italy and Portugal as Turkey declined in popularity.
Ryanair confirmed that it expects average fares to fall by between 10 and 12 per cent in the six months to March 2017. Despite the prospect of lower fares and other risks facing the airline, including Brexit and the threat of terror attacks, Ryanair has stuck to its profit guidance and expects to deliver a full-year net profit of between €1.38 billion and €1.43 billion.