Cork Flight School To Train Ryanair Pilots

14 Sep 2018 | 04.37 pm

Cork Flight School To Train Ryanair Pilots

AFTA plans to train 450 pilots

14 Sep 2018 | 04.37 pm

Cork flight school Atlantic Flight Training Academy is to train 450 pilots for Ryanair, with the recruits coming from all across Europe and 50 new jobs being created at AFTA.

Tanaiste Simon Coveney announced the partnership in Cork, where the 16-month long programme will take place, and said: “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 the new routes from Cork Airport,” said the minister. 

“Atlantic Flight Training Academy has also established itself as an industry leader in training and this announcement confirms that.”

AFTA managing director Mark Casey commented: “ AFTA has a long-standing relationship with Ryanair and a large number of our graduates currently fly as First Officers, Captains, Training Captains and management pilots with the airline. 

“The Mentored Pilot Programme will give successful applicants a clear path towards a long and successful career as a Ryanair pilot. Mentored cadets will have access to Ryanair training applications and systems from the commencement of their training.”

Chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs added: “Our Cork summer 2019 schedule, our biggest ever, with 16 routes including four new routes — to Budapest, London Luton, Malta and Poznan — further cementing our commitment to Cork and the Munster region. Our summer 2019 schedule will deliver 1.1 million customers annually at Cork Airport, up 20%, as we continue to grow Cork routes, traffic, tourism and jobs.”

Applications for the pilot training programme are now open online. 


Photo (l-r) Neal McMahon of Ryanair, Cpt. Andy O’Shea of AFTA, minister Simon Coveney, Cork Airport MD Niall McCarthy, and Kenny Jacobs. (Pix: Darragh Kane)

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