Ryanair says it will take delivery of 50 new Boeing aircraft over the next twelve months, and plans to hire over 3,500 new staff across sectors including cabin crew, pilots and aircraft engineers.

The low-cost carrier currently operates a fleet of around 360 B737-800 aircraft, with over 100 more on order. Ryanair is also a customer for the forthcoming Boeing B737 Max 200, with 100 of the next-generation aircraft on order.

The airline said that 2017 would be its busiest recruitment year to date, with plans to hire 2,000 new cabin crew, 1,000 pilots and 250 aircraft engineers, as well as promoting over 300 First Officers on its command upgrade programme, and creating new positions in IT, sales and marketing, digital experience, finance and commercial.

Ryanair recently said that uncertainty caused by the UK’s Brexit vote meant that it would focus on deploying new aircraft into markets “that are part of the single market like Italy, Spain and Germany”.