New impetus for Ryanair Labs Madrid

The Irish airline will double the size of its technology centre and hire around 100 more people

Ryanair's technological development centre in Spain will double in size, according to the Expansión newspaper and as confirmed to Invest In Spain by the company's Communications department. The offices occupied by Ryanair Labs Madrid, located in the Eurobuilding 2 building, next to Plaza de Cuzco, will cover 5,000 square metres.

According to information published, by moving to an entire plant the airline estimates that it will be able to take on between 100 and 150 new employees. These will be added to the 250 current staff. They will be responsible for developing the technology underpinning its mobile application and website, as well as creating new functionalities, especially those related to sustainability and tourism.

Driving digital transformation
There are currently four Ryanair Labs in operation, where the company gives its employees the freedom to work on the innovative projects that they create. “We want digital innovators who are motivated by emerging technologies and passionate about driving digital transformation,” they say on their careers website. Skills, talent and creativity are essential to get a job, as well as the ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative development environment.

The main profiles that the Irish company is looking for are developers, business intelligence specialists, data engineers and quality control experts, and there is also room for social media managers. At the moment, the website has 14 applications open in the centre of Madrid.

Betting on Madrid
In May 2017, Invest In Spain reported the opening of Ryanair Labs Madrid. Last November, the company boosted its commitment to Madrid by announcing the launch of the largest pilot school in southern Europe. Two infrastructures that demonstrate the importance of the Spanish capital for the company. Seville also plays an important role, as an aircraft maintenance centre in this case, opened in 2017 and enhanced in 2021.

The first Ryanair Labs was in Dublin, Ireland, the company’s birthplace. It then opened one in Wroclaw (Poland), then in Madrid and finally in Portugal, divided into several locations in the neighbouring country and Brazil.

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