DUBLIN, IRELAND — Ryanair has revealed plans to construct a new €40 million hangar and aircraft maintenance facility at Dublin Airport, creating 200 engineering and aircraft mechanic jobs. The 120,000 sq ft facility will be used for routine maintenance and repairs on the airline's growing fleet, set to reach 600 aircraft by 2026. 

Construction is scheduled to begin later this year, with operations commencing by 2025.

Ryanair CEO Eddie Wilson expressed confidence in filling the new positions, citing Ireland's strong history in aircraft maintenance and Ryanair's aircraft maintenance technician apprentice program. The airline is investing in new Boeing 737 aircraft, which use 16% less fuel and have more seats, making them more efficient. The hangar will employ gas absorption heat pumps to reduce energy consumption by up to 35%.

Wilson downplayed concerns about the readiness of Dublin Airport to handle increased passenger numbers this summer and expressed optimism about minimal disruption from the recent Boeing 737 Max supply pause. He also mentioned that higher fuel prices and the ongoing recovery of some airlines from the pandemic would result in increased fares.

Additionally, the Shannon-based Atlantic Aviation Group (AAG) has announced 45 apprenticeship opportunities for aircraft maintenance engineers, beginning in June and September, in partnership with the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (LCETB) and SOLAS Learning Works.