Posted on: 16 February 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Ryanair has officially opened its second maintenance hangar at Glasgow Prestwick Airport which cost £8m and will sustain 200 engineering jobs, increasing the total jobs supported by Ryanair in Ayrshire to more than 2,400.
The Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Prestwick Airport secured this 6,000 sq m hangar investment despite intense competition from five other Ryanair bases throughout Europe. They were also instrumental in securing Ryanair’s first 4,000 sq m hangar which opened in 2004.
By securing this new investment, the Scottish Government has supported the creation of 400 engineering and support jobs, which will maintain a large portion of Ryanair’s 260 aircraft fleet.
Speaking at Glasgow Prestwick, the airline’s CEO Michael O’Leary remarked, “Ryanair wishes to thank First Minister Alex Salmond, the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Prestwick Airport for their help and support in winning this new hangar and these 200 new jobs for Ayrshire and Scotland despite intense competition from five other European airports. Ryanair’s second maintenance hangar at Glasgow Prestwick Airport, will create 200 new engineering jobs, in addition to the 2,200 local jobs which have already been created and sustained in Ayrshire as a direct result of Ryanair’s base and our existing hangar facility at Glasgow Prestwick.
“Ryanair’s successful growth in Scotland is possible thanks to our on-going partnership with the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise, who have repeatedly supported our vision for many more low-fare flights to and from Scotland,” O’Leary added.