May 21, 2010 -
Ryanair on Thursday announced that it had selected Frankfurt Hahn
Airport in Germany as the location for its next
maintenance hangar and crew training facility.
At a press
conference in Mainz, Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary announced that it would
invest €25m in building a new two bay aircraft maintenance hangar
including two aircraft simulators and a 16 room cabin crew training
centre, in a move which will create up to 200 new Ryanair jobs at Frankfurt Hahn
Airport. Minister for
Economics and Transport, Hendrik Hering attended the event.
which has been supported by Frankfurt Hahn Airport
and the Rhineland-Palatinate Government will take Ryanair’s jobs numbers
at Frankfurt Hahn up to 600 people.
Ryanair will now
allocate a substantial proportion of its base maintenance requirements
to this new German hangar facility which will be available from the end
of 2010. This new facility and
jobs will replace those previously offered to the Irish Government
earlier this year in the
empty Hangar 6 at Dublin
that many months later, Hangar 6 remains unused for base maintenance,
while up to 900 SRT Engineers remain unemployed, drawing the dole.
Many of these people could have found skilled, well paid work,
with Ryanair, had the Irish Government accepted the airline’s offer to
buy or lease Hangar 6 and divert a significant proportion of Ryanair’s
base maintenance to Dublin
“While we are pleased to announce this new investment in
Germany and Frankfurt Hahn
Airport, I regret that the Irish
Government stood idly by and did nothing to win these new jobs for Ireland.
The Irish Government talks a lot about competitiveness, but is
short on action.
“At a time when
traffic and tourism is collapsing in Ireland, the Irish Government prefers to impose
tourist taxes, and order big increases in
Airport’s fees, rather than work with
the world’s largest airline to lower access costs, win investment in
maintenance or create hundreds of well paid engineering jobs at Dublin
we are stuck with a Government which likes talking about the “smart
economy” but prefers implementing “dumb policy”.
The sooner they reverse these tourist taxes and slash high
costs at the Government owned DAA airports, then the sooner Irish
airports and tourism can return to low cost access and traffic