AIRLINE Monarch has revealed plans for a new maintenance hub at Birmingham Airport creating up to 300 new roles.
Work on a new 110,000 sq ft hangar will begin in January, initially creating 150 jobs, with the potential for a further 150 more.
“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,” said Airport chief executive Paul Kehoe.
The new hangar will be larger than the size of a football pitch and will be operational 24 hours a day.
MAEL, a division of Monarch Group, expects the hangar, which will have the capacity to accommodate wide-body aircraft such as the Boeing 777 and Airbus A350, to boost its share of the global market for outsourced airframe maintenance and repair.
MAEL managing director Mick Adams said: “We look forward next year to welcoming 150 talented people, with the potential for a further 150, to our new facility at Birmingham Airport, where they will join in our exciting plans for further growth.”