Ryanair maintenance facility goes to Prestwick
Published 11/02/2010 | 05:00
Ryanair has confirmed that it will invest £8m (€9m) in a new aircraft maintenance facility at Glasgow Prestwick Airport.
The new hangar will add 200 engineering and support jobs at the location, where Ryanair already undertakes the majority of maintenance on its fleet of 210 aircraft.
The existing maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operation was opened in 2003.
It involved a £10m spend (€15.7m at the time) and the facility already employs close to 200 people.
The Irish Independent reported last week that plans had already been submitted to the local council in Scotland for the 6,000 square metre extension of the MRO facility.
Plans for the extension were formally unveiled yesterday by Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary and Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond.
The Scottish government is providing £1.5m towards the construction costs of the new facility.
Ryanair had said that about four locations around Europe were under consideration for the maintenance operation.
The budget carrier also said it is adding three new routes from Edinburgh this May to Faro, Marrakesh and Paris.