Ryanair seeks to take on BMI Regional crews

Aviation

Ryanair has swooped to encourage flight personnel from collapsed BMI Regional to join the budget carrier.

The airline had already started offering rescue fares to stranded passengers on certain European routes within a couple of hours of BMI Regional’s cessation of services on 16 February.

But Ryanair chief operations officer Peter Bellew is seeking to recruit affected flight crew and other specialist personnel from the carrier.

“We have availability of jobs in the UK and throughout our network for pilots and engineers,” he says, adding that the airline would be “delighted to welcome” applications.

“We have vacancies for the summer and we are able to get assessments done quite quickly next week.”

Ryanair operates a fleet of Boeing 737-800s while BMI Regional’s operation was based on the Embraer ERJ.