Independent Irish airline CITYJET, will train in 22 new pilots this year to cope with increased demand on its routes in Europe. The carrier has forged a partnership with Dublin-based aviation training company, Simtech, to train the new pilots.
The announcement comes on the back of recent concerns expressed by the aviation industry that rising air passenger numbers could leave the industry facing a critical skills shortage. A Dublin conference was told by Raymond Benjamin of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) "The number of flights is set to grow to 60 million a year by 2030. The "sobering numbers" give the aviation industry just 15 years to replace an entire generation of staff while coping with a doubling of capacity".
Six pilots just hired by CITYJET will begin sessions with Simtech in May. In total, 22 newly-recruited pilots, who already havce commercial licences, will be trained for CITYJET this year by Simtech at its St Margaret’s, north Co Dublin base. The pilots will be trained on the RJ85 aircraft used by the airline.
CITYJET executive chairman, Pat Byrne, said: “Since January we have engaged Simtech to undertake flight simulation training as part of the process in producing qualified civilian pilots for our aircraft. He added that the airline employs 150 pilots but needs additional fliers to deal with its growing route network and flight frequency.
Details of career opportunities with CITYJET are available here.
The CareersPortal Team