Ryanair Announces Prestwick Hangar

ON FEBRUARY 10, Ryanair announced that it will build a second maintenance hangar at Glasgow Prestwick Airport: “at a cost of £8m which, it says: “will create 200 new engineering jobs, increasing the total jobs sustained by Ryanair in Ayrshire to over 2,400”.
The facility, which is due to open in October 2010, was announced at Prestwick by Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond and Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary.
A Ryanair press release said that: “The Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Prestwick Airport secured this 64,585 sq ft (6,000m2) hangar investment despite intense competition from five other Ryanair bases throughout Europe.” Ryanair’s existing 43,057 sq ft (4,000m2) hangar opened in 2004.
Ryanair says its 29 routes from Prestwick deliver two million passengers a year: “which sustain 2,000 local jobs, including those of over 300 Ryanair cabin crew and pilots.”
The airline also announced three new routes from Edinburgh to Faro, Marrakesh and Paris from May 2010 as well as increased frequencies on 16 other routes from Edinburgh and Glasgow Prestwick this summer.  In total Ryanair expects to carry more than four million passengers to/from Scotland over the next 12 months.
Welcoming the new investment and jobs First Minister Alex Salmond said: “I am delighted that Ryanair is strengthening its operations in Scotland and this announcement demonstrates that Ayrshire has the quality infrastructure and skilled workforce to secure this major project, having fought-off competition from a number of European locations.
“The Scottish Government is investing £1.5 million in this £8 million project, which shows Ryanair’s commitment to Ayrshire and builds on Prestwick’s reputation as a centre for European excellence in maintenance, repair and overhaul projects.
“Ryanair makes a substantial contribution to Scotland’s economy through its engineering facilities and encouraging tourism and business traffic via its Glasgow Prestwick, Aberdeen and Edinburgh flights.”