Irish airline Stobart Air has partnered with Cork-based flight school Atlantic Flight Training Academy to train and recruit new pilots this year.

Stobart Air and AFTA said they have developed an extensive 16-month training programme that involves 220 hours flight time through Cork International Airport.

The student pilots will also get ongoing one-on-one mentoring from a Stobart Air pilot.

On successful conclusion of the programme, the new pilots will achieve their commercial flying license and will gain full time employment as first officers with the Irish airline.

Stobart Air operates up to 940 flights weekly across 43 routes throughout 11 European countries from bases in the UK and Ireland.  

The airline operates under the Aer Lingus Regional brand as part of a franchise agreement with Aer Lingus and operates Flybe routes from London Southend Airport and the Isle of Man.

Headquartered in Dublin, Stobart Air employs over 570 people.

Graeme Buchanan, Managing Director of Stobart Air, said that the company has ambitious plans for the future airline over the period ahead. 

"It's important that we have a steady stream of talented and professional pilots to meet the needs of our growing network," he added.