Ryanair will train up to 450 new pilots over the next five years as part of a new training partnership with a Cork-based international flight school.

The pilots will train for 16 months intensively at the school, which the budget airline is running in conjunction with Cork’s Atlantic Flight Training Academy to support further growth across Europe. The budget airline, Europe’s largest, added that it would hire up to 1,000 pilots a year over the next five years.

The pilot training initiative comes as Ryanair is battling strike action from pilots and cabin crew across Europe. On 12 September, German pilots and cabin crew called for a 24-hour walkout amid a row over working condition and pay, causing 150 out of 400 scheduled flights to and from Germany to be cancelled.

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