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Sunday 18 February 2018

New airport jobs announced

An Irish-owned aircraft maintenance firm is to create 71 jobs at Dublin Airport, the Government said today.

Eirtech Aviation, which already has a base in Shannon, will take up some of the space once used by the SR Technics firm.

Batt O'Keeffe, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, said it was a significant indication of the airport's capacity to attract maintenance firms and create high-quality jobs.

"Over the past year, Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland, with the support of Government, have worked hard to develop Dublin Airport's aviation maintenance services and create new jobs," the minister said.

"Eirtech Aviation is the latest Irish-owned aircraft maintenance company to establish in Dublin Airport and that will strengthen our reputation for high-quality maintenance services for the aviation industry worldwide."

The business will operate out of hangar three in Dublin Airport - previously used by the aircraft maintenance giant SR Technics which pulled out of Ireland with the loss of more than 1,000 jobs in 2009.

It is the second Irish-owned aircraft maintenance company to be established in Dublin Airport in the last year.

Jobs will be created over the next three years as the company offers refurbishment, painting and engineering to commercial airlines, private and business operators and airline leasing firms.

Niall Cunningham, managing director of Eirtech Aviation (Dublin) Ltd, said the firm was fortunate to be expanding.

"We are operating in a highly competitive international marketplace but we have the experience and expertise to offer our clients a range of capabilities, skills and services to suit all aircraft types and challenges," Mr Cunningham said.

The investment was supported by Enterprise Ireland.

Eirtech Aviation is a subsidiary of Shannon-based Eirtech Aviation Ltd which employs 65 people after being set up following a management buy-out of Lufthansa Technik Painting Shannon last year.

Jack MacGowan, commercial director of Dublin Airport Authority, added: "With this agreement in place we now have commitments for all six of the former SR Technics hangars in Dublin Airport."

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