Direct Entry Pilots

Are you looking for an exciting career?

Look no further as we are actively recruiting Experienced Pilots for all our fleets

Why join our fantastic team: Why not?

Apart from growing faster than any other airline, we have one of the youngest fleets in the industry, flying to a wide variety of exciting destinations and offering fantastic career opportunities for both Captains and First Officers.

What we offer…

  • Local contracts with local tax in each country
  • Outstanding earnings potential (including guaranteed min. hours for contractors)
  • Captains can earn up to £152,500/€165,000 p.a. in year 1!
  • The best roster in the business; stable 5 on 4 off pattern
  • No planned overnights and roster published 4 weeks in advance – amazing work-life balance!
  • Great base opportunities available at many locations across our vast network
  • Unrivalled career progression – new aircraft and bases create endless promotional opportunities
  • Fastest time to command in the aviation sector
  • Opportunity to join our fast-growing training department
  • Industry-leading training with outstanding success rates

We currently have Direct Entry Captains open vacancies across the Ryanair Group. Click on the button below and get ready for your career to take off today!

Application Process


Create a candidate profile, upload all required documents and apply to any roles in which you may be interested in.

Application Screening

Once you apply, a member of our team will review the application and reach out by email or phone if we wish to progress further.

Online Assessment

Candidates who meet the requirements will be invited to an online assessment which must be completed prior to attend the SIM assessment. The profile of this differs between Captains and First Officers.

SIM Assessment

The assessment itself takes place in one day at one of our SIM centres across Europe and includes a SIM Assessment, HR Interview and Technical Interview.

Course Book

You will be notified of the assessment result within 1 week and if successful, a member of our team will call to arrange an upcoming course date. The base will also be confirmed at offer stage.