(Bloomberg) -- Ryanair Holdings Plc plans to create 5,000 European jobs over the next five years as the airline returns to growth following the coronavirus slump.

The Dublin-based carrier will need to add aviation crew to meet demand from an expanded Boeing Co. 737 fleet, unit Chief Executive Officer Eddie Wilson said in an emailed statement Tuesday. The airline expects to receive 210 Boeing MAX Gamechangers, enabling passenger numbers to grow to 200 million a year by 2025, he said.  

The expansion comes as the airline industry starts to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, with the global rollout of vaccinations easing government concerns about border controls. Ireland restarted widescale international travel in July after more than a year of advising against non-essential trips.

The U.K. plans to revamp its so-called traffic-light system this month and may ease tests for arrivals to make it easier to visit.

Ryanair is opening a new training center in Dublin as part of the expansion plan. That is a “real vote of confidence in the airline industry as it rebuilds after the pandemic,” Irish Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said.


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