Ryanair to create 100s of jobs with new training centre at Stansted Airport
Ryanair has opened a new training centre at Stansted Airport, which will create hundreds of new jobs across the company’s UK-based airports.
The European Training Centre was opened earlier this week by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.
The new centre offers a wide range of facilities, including flight simulators, a full scale engineering training aircraft and a full aircraft interior.
Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary stated that the new facilities will enable Ryanair to recruit and train over 1,000 cabin crew, pilots and engineers in 2016, with many of the jobs being based across the company’s UK airports.
He revealed that the company will be adding 14 new aircraft to its 13 UK-based airports and increasing its UK traffic from 36 million passengers to 41 million passengers this year.
O’Leary has also called for a “Remain” vote in the upcoming EU referendum, stating that foreign inward investment will be lost to other competitor EU members if people vote for the UK to leave the EU, and that he is “absolutely certain” that the UK economy is better off as part of the EU.
Speaking at the opening of the new centre on Monday, Chancellor Osborne welcomed the company’s call for Britain to remain in the EU, stating: "Today's announcement is just another example of how British jobs and livelihoods directly benefit from being part of the European Union, thanks to the billions of pounds of foreign investment which flow more to Britain than any other European country. As Ryanair recognise, we're stronger, safer and better off in the European Union.”