The aviation industry is of crucial importance to the Fingal economy and the recent announcement of a huge recruitment drive at Ryanair is great news for a sector hit so badly by the global pandemic, according to a local TD
Dublin Fingal TD, Alan Farrell, has said the jobs announcement will encourage workers across the industry and help rebuild the Irish aviation sector.
Deputy Farrell said, “Ryanair have announced their intention to recruit 5,000 new staff including pilots, cabin crew, engineers and ground operations staff, in a major boost for the airline sector. €50m will also contribute to the development of a new Aviation Training Centre in Santry, Dublin, ensuring workers have access to cutting edge technology and services that will strengthen the sector.”
He added: “Aviation has been severely impacted since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, causing stress and worry to countless workers and their families. This announcement is a commitment to the ability of the Irish aviation sector to recover from this period of intense pressure and should be a cause of encouragement to the wider industry and all those who work in it.”
Deputy Farrell continued, “The aviation sector employs almost 150 thousand workers in Ireland and supports countless more jobs through hospitality and tourism; it serves as our connection to the world, bringing vital trade and investment into the State, contributing almost €18 billion to GDP in 2019.
“Creating a stable and reliable aviation sector benefits everyone living in Ireland, and while there are still significant challenges to be faced within the industry, we must encourage positive developments such as today’s news.
“This news will reassure many people across Fingal and the wider country today and this should be welcomed as a positive day for the sector.”
Deputy Farrell added, “Since the pandemic began, I have engaged with stakeholder groups within the sector and with the Taoiseach, the Tánaiste, the Minister for Finance and the Minister for Transport in an effort to support the industry. I will be continuing this work in the time ahead.”
The announcement by Ryanair to create 5,000 new jobs at the opening of the €50 million Aviation Training Centre in Santry close to Dublin Airport, is a very welcome development at this crucial time for the aviation sector, Fine Gael Senator in Dublin Fingal, Regina Doherty, has said.
She said: “The announcement comes as welcome news to a sector that has suffered immensely from the pandemic where restrictions have limited and ceased air travel. It comes at a time when restrictions are to be lifted at the end of October along with the success of the vaccine rollout where over 90% of people are fully vaccinated, therefore allowing more and more people to fly in and out of the country on holidays or work trips abroad.”
Senator Doherty added that the opening of a new €50 million Airline Flight Academy (AFA) Centre in Santry “is exactly the boost that the sector needs as we emerge from the uncertainty of Covid”.