Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Eirtrade is hoping to expand its operations at Ireland West Airport with planning permission sought for a new aircraft hangar at the airport’s business park.

The Airbus A380 on the runway at Ireland West Airport Knock after it arrived for dismantling in February 2020.

Planners at Mayo Co Council are due to announce a decision on the development, which will also include a storage area and access road onto the R376, later this week.
The company, which specialises in end-of-life engine and aircraft solution services, has been operating from an existing hangar facility at the airport for the past 10 years but hit the headlines in February of last year when it took delivery of an Airbus A380, the largest passenger aircraft in the world, at its Kilgarriff facility. The aircraft has been parked outdoors for the past year but the new hangar will have the capability to accommodate multiple aircraft types up to an A380.
CEO of Eirtrade Aviation Ireland Ltd, Ken Fitzgibbon, said the construction of a new hangar will be a hugely important step in creating an aviation hub in the West of Ireland.
“We have established a great working relationship with the airport over the past ten years and this planned development will be an expansion of our existing business, helping create a supply line for other aviation services, enabling us to handle increased volume and size of aircraft. Our ongoing pipeline is extremely strong and we have got huge support from the aviation leasing community.”
Construction of the hangar could support up to 110 jobs and a further 100 jobs once operational.

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