Ryanair plans to open its first Spanish C-check maintenance hangar at Seville Airport from early 2018 as part of an €8 million ($8.5 million) investment.
The Irish low-cost carrier made the announcement on Apr. 12 and revealed construction of the hangar will create up to 150 skilled roles, including engineers, aircraft mechanics and support staff.
Once operational, the one-bay facility will be able to accommodate heavy MRO checks on Ryanair’s Boeing 737-800 fleet.
The airline’s wider plans include ramping up its technical workforce to meet fleet growth, with plans to create more than 1,000 new engineering jobs in Europe by 2024. In October last year, it grew its MRO network by opening a new line maintenance facility for in-house activities at Milan Bergamo Airport.
Ryanair is in the midst of taking deliveries of its 380 new Boeing aircraft order, which will eventually lead to its fleet size growing to 600 aircraft by 2024. This figure includes an order for 100 of the 737 MAX 200 variant, finalized in 2014.
Mick Hickey, chief operations officer at Ryanair, said Seville was an ideal location for expansion, citing available opportunities around attracting, training and employing local skilled labor.
Ryanair has maintained a presence at the Spanish airport since 2010.