Irish regional airline CityJet is to recruit an extra ten trainee pilots to fill demand on existing and new routes.

The airline operates crew bases in Dublin, Brussels, London, Paris, Stockholm, Helsinki, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and a new base to open shortly in Tallinn in Estonia.

General manager of flight operations, Robert Campbell Smith, said: “Our pilot mentored cadet programme provides the starting point for an exciting career path for the successful applicants with us. CityJet continues to see significant expansion with further Bombardier CRJ-900 passenger aircraft arriving both this year and into next and additional Superjet SSJ100 to our existing fleet.

“Our fleet of Avro RJ85 aircraft continues to serve us well and with all three aircraft types providing opportunities throughout our nine European pilot bases, this is an exciting time to be joining our growing airline.

“We look forward to welcoming our new recruits to our cadet programme later this year.”

CityJet and CAE Oxford Aviation Academy, which manages pilot training, are seeking candidate pilots for entry into its ‘Climb High’ mentored pilot training scheme.

Once trained in Oxford and Arizona in the US, successful candidates have the opportunity to fly as first officers with the airline.

The cadet programme is designed to ensure CityJet has sufficient, qualified pilots for its existing and new routes and its mix of aircraft.