Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has opened a new £8M Ryanair maintenance hanger at Glasgow Prestwick Airport.
The creation of a second maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at the airport will create 200 jobs, and the Scottish Government is supporting the project with the offer of £1.5M in regional selective assistance funding and training grants through government quango Scottish Enterprise.
The new project builds on the airline’s existing facility at the airport which opened in 2004. Over 400 engineering and support jobs will be sustained at the two facilities which will maintain a large proportion of Ryanair’s fleet of 260 aircraft.
Salmond said: “I am delighted that Ryanair is strengthening its operations in Scotland. This impressive new hangar will create 200 new jobs in Ayrshire and is delivering £8M of investment into the Scottish economy.
“Despite competition for a number of European locations, Ryanair chose to create a second hangar in Ayrshire and this is testament to the skills and quality of the local workforce.
“The airline’s commitment to expand its operations in Ayrshire builds on Prestwick’s reputation as a centre for European excellence in maintenance, repair and overhaul projects.
Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary said, who was with Salmond at the opening, added: “Ryanair’s successful growth in Scotland is possible thanks to our ongoing partnership with the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise who have repeatedly supported our vision for many more low fare flights to/from Scotland.”