Monarch has announced plans to build a new facility at Birmingham Airport, a facility which is said to create 300 jobs.
Monarch Aircraft Engineering Ltd (MAEL) say the new 110,000sq ft. hangar will initially create 150 jobs, with the potential to create a further 150 in the future.
The maintenance centre is set to carry out work on Monarch Airlines aircraft and other carriers, with a plan to become operational by the end of 2013.
Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport’s chief executive, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen as the airport for Monarch Group’s UK engineering expansion, following the growth of its flight operation in Birmingham this year.
MAEL, a division of Monarch Group, have stated the repair hub would complement its existing heavy maintenance facilities in the UK at London Luton and Manchester airports.
“The decision to create this state-of-the-art facility in the West Midlands demonstrates Monarch’s long-term commitment to the region, creating job opportunities for skilled engineers and young people looking to start a career in aircraft maintenance.”
MP for Meriden, Caroline Spelman, whose constituency covers Birmingham Airport, said: “The creation of 300 jobs through this facility and the opportunities for apprentices is a vote of confidence in the airport and the great heritage in engineering our area has.”
MAEL expects the hangar to boost its share of the global market for outsourced airframe maintenance and repair.
The hanger is said to also have the capacity to accommodate wide-body aircraft, a space that could include the Boeing 777 and Airbus A350.
Executive Chairman of Monarch Group Iain Rawlinson said: “Monarch Aircraft Engineering is at the forefront of aviation maintenance technology, and the Monarch Group’s investment in a new facility at Birmingham Airport is a signal of our intent to drive the further growth of this strategically-important division of the group.”
“Our new hangar at Birmingham Airport, combined with our existing facilities at London Luton and Manchester, and large line maintenance operation at London Gatwick, will ensure that MAEL is uniquely positioned to provide its international and domestic customers” said MAEL managing director Mick Adams, adding that it will also have “a high-quality and leading maintenance and repair service.”
Mr. Adams said the company looks forward to the project and welcome the 150 “talented people” and the further 150 who will join the project, a work force who “will complement our expertise across existing locations and join in our exciting plans for further growth.”