EirTrade Aviation Maintenance has received EASA Part 145 Line Maintenance approval for the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 families at its facility in Ireland West Airport, Knock.
The process of gaining the approval took over 12 months. With the help of the Irish Aviation Authority, EirTrade was able to establish the procedures, personnel, facilities, tools, and equipment to meet the requirements.
Joe Gilmore, managing director of Ireland West Airport, said that EirTrade’s approval would be hugely beneficial for the airport. “It provides significant support for future airline and passenger growth at Knock. Our existing airline partners, Ryanair and Aer Lingus, will be able to access approved line maintenance services as well as on-site support that can deliver immediate action in the event of aircraft issues arising during operations,” he said.
“Having approved EASA Part 145 Line Maintenance located at Ireland West Airport will also be an added incentive in support of our ambitions to attract new airlines to develop their services at Knock.”
EirTrade’s line maintenance manager Andy Cahill explained that the initial catalyst behind gaining the EASA Part 145 approval was to enhance the services offered at the airport. “No other company offers line maintenance services at the airport, so our services now allow potential airline and lessor customers to benefit from cost-savings and faster turnaround times,” he said.
EirTrade said it had the capacity to expand line maintenance capabilities at Knock in the future with the potential development of additional hangar facilities and add further aircraft types, including regionals.