Ryanair has opened its first aircraft heavy maintenance facility in Ireland, at Shannon Airport.
The low-cost carrier will invest €10 million in the 5,220sq m, three-bay facility, leased from Shannon Group. Some 200 jobs will be created in the locality, including licensed engineers, mechanics, and support staff.
Ryanair has operated from Shannon Airport since 1986.
“We are delighted to announce the opening of our new aircraft maintenance facility at Shannon Airport – our first heavy maintenance facility in the country,” said Ryanair’s director of operations, Neal McMahon. “This facility will create 200 high-skill jobs, demonstrating Ryanair’s continued growth and commitment to Ireland.
“Ryanair creates opportunities for highly skilled engineering jobs, with our industry leading rosters and the youngest fleet in Europe. Shannon is an ideal location with opportunities to attract, train and employ local talent to support this new facility.
“[The facility] will support the maintenance of Ryanair’s fleet as it grows to 600 aircraft by 2026.”
Shannon Group’s CEO Mary Considine said: “Ryanair’s investment at Shannon is a vote of confidence by them in the future of the airport. Having Ryanair at Hangar 5, one of ten fully occupied hangars on our Shannon Campus, is another significant boost for the region, creating high quality jobs for local aviation specialists.
“The resulting jobs and investment are also consistent with our strategic plan to increase economic growth and retain skills and talent in the region. We have a close relationship with Ryanair, with Shannon Airport now having more destinations served by Ryanair than in 2019.”