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The Aviation Industry

The Aviation Industry

As an island nation air transport is extremely important to Ireland. It is the primary means people use to get on and off the island, with tens of millions of passengers on flights every year and international airports throughout the island.

Ireland is an established international aviation leasing hub. Well-known commercial passenger airlines here include Aer Lingus, the largest airline operating out of Ireland; Ryanair, which is one of the largest airlines in Europe; CityJet and Aer Arann/Stodart Air.

Careers in aviation can conjure images of adventure, but employment in the sector depends on what part of it you work in. Cabin crew and pilots will follow a different career path to ground crew and security staff at the airport. Wherever you work, it can be interesting work, but with early mornings and late nights. 

The State owns three airports; Dublin, Shannon and Cork. There are also several regional airports around the country (Donegal, Galway, Knock, Sligo, Waterford, Kerry and the Aran islands).   

Pilots and Cabin Crew are probably the most visible employees in the sector, but did you know that 2 out of every 3 people employed in this industry actually work in a ground occupation? Air Traffic Controller, Aircraft Engineer, Aeronautical Inspector and Aeronautical Officer are just some of the many job roles needed to run today's commercial and charter airlines.

The sector also employs aircraft mechanics, service technicians, cargo and baggage handlers, reservation and ticket agents and a wide range of clerical staff. 

Aviation is a complex industry and one with an extremely high focus on quality, this means that wherever you work there will be pressure and strong demands for attention to detail and quality control.

Occupations in The Aviation Industry
(sorted by Job Zone)

Airline Cabin Crew

Looks after the care, comfort and safety of airline passengers. They demonstrate safety procedures, prepare food, serve meals and drinks, as well as sell goods during the flight.

Airport Baggage Handler

They are responsible for checking luggage against flight lists and taking it to the aircraft or to the reclaim conveyor belt.

Airport Check-in Agent

Supervises passengers on arrival at an airline check-in desk.

Airport Information Assistant

Provides information for passengers and the general public at an airport information desk.

Air Corps Apprentice

Employed by the Irish Air Corps to learn a specialist skill or trade relevant to the efficient running of the Corps.

Aircraft Mechanic

Performs repairs, safety checks and maintenance on aircraft.

Airline Pilot - Civil Aviation

Flies a passenger aircraft, supervising crew, operating and monitoring flight controls.

Customs Officers
Uses extensive knowledge of customs laws and trade agreements to optimise importing and exporting costs. 
Helicopter Pilot - Commercial

Helicopter pilots operate controls to fly a helicopter. They monitor equipment and instruments and, on larger helicopters they direct crew members.

Air Traffic Controller

Is the traffic warden of the skies, responsible for co-ordinating and directing aircraft along flight paths.

Transport Manager

Works in either passenger or freight transport with responsiblity for managing budgets, organising schedules and routes and ensuring that vehicles are safe.