More than 3,500 new jobs are being created by Ryanair as the airline prepares to take delivery of 50 new aircraft in the next 12 months.

The recruitment drive involves hiring 2,000 new cabin crew, 1,000 pilots and 250 aircraft engineers.

At the same time, the budget carrier is promoting more than 300 first officers on a command upgrade programme across its European network of 84 bases.

A number of new positions are also being created in IT, sales and marketing, digital experience, finance and commercial at Ryanair’s Dublin office, and also at its Travel Labs subsidiary in Wroclaw, Poland.

The carrier’s chief people officer, Eddie Wilson, said: “2017 is set to be our busiest recruitment year to date, and we are continuing to invest heavily in talent for the future.

“Ryanair is now considered to be the ‘go-to’ airline for both cadet and direct entry hires, with our industry leading 5/4 roster for pilots, and both pilots and cabin crew have the opportunity to work on the youngest fleet in Europe as we take delivery of our new Boeing aircraft.

“As our aircraft numbers grow from 355 to over 500 in the next five years, Ryanair will hire over 5,000 new people.”