PRESTWICK Aircraft Maintenance, whose sole client is Ryanair, is understood to be in the final stages of negotiations to open a base at Shannon Airport where up to 200 people will be employed.
The company already employs around 500 at Prestwick Airport in Scotland and a further 1,300 at other locations around Europe.
Fine Gael TD Joe Carey, who is Chairman of the Shannon Airport Oireachtas Group, said that a positive outcome to the negotiations would be a major boost for Shannon and the local aircraft maintenance sector.
“This is further good news for the region, that Prestwick Aircraft Maintenance are set to take over Hangar 5, which is situated on the airport apron.
“This highlights the potential of Shannon as a maintenance hub. We have the talent and skills in the area and Shannon has a lot to offer for aircraft maintenance companies.
” Since Shannon was separated from the Dublin Airport Authority a number of years ago there have been efforts to develop a cluster of aviation related industries in the area,” Deputy Carey added.