Ryanair Opens New Heavy Maintenance Facility at Shannon Airport
Ryanair has opened their first heavy maintenance facility in Ireland at Shannon Airport, representing a €10 million investment and creating 200 local high-skilled jobs, including licensed engineers, mechanics and support staff.
On Wednesday (May 18, 2022), Ryanair announced the opening of their first heavy maintenance facility in Ireland at Shannon Airport. The carrier will invest €10 million in the state-of-the-art three bay 5,220 square meter facility leased form Shannon Group, which will support the maintenance of Ryanair’s fleet as it grows to 600 aircraft by 2026. The new facility will support 200 local high-skilled jobs, including licensed engineers, mechanics and support staff. Ryanair has operated from Shannon Airport since 1986, opening a base in 2005, and carrying over 17 million customers to and from the airport to date.
In Wednesday’s announcement, Ryanair’s Director of Operations, Neal McMahon, said,
“We are delighted to announce the opening of our new aircraft maintenance facility at Shannon Airport – our first heavy maintenance facility in the country. This facility will create 200 high-skill jobs, demonstrating Ryanair’s continued growth & 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. This state-of-the-art 3-bay facility represents a significant €10 million investment and will support the maintenance of Ryanair’s fleet as it grows to 600 aircraft by 2026.”
Also commenting on the opening of Ryanair’s new heavy maintenance facility, 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.”
Ryanair Holdings, plc is Europe’s largest airline conglomerate and the parent company of Buzz, Lauda, Malta Air, and Ryanair DAC. The airline carries over 150 million passengers annually with more than 2,500 daily departures. Ryanair serves over 200 destinations in 40 countries with a fleet of over 400 Boeing 737 Family aircraft and 20 Airbus A320s. Currently, the low-cost carrier has more than 100 Boeing 737-8200s on order, and will grow their fleet to 600+ by 2026. Ryanair has maintained a stellar safety record for nearly 40 years and prides itself on being “Europe’s greenest cleanest airline group,” promising customers a reduction in CO2 emissions of up to 50%, versus the “Big 4 EU major airlines.”