Good news comes today in the form of jobs for aircraft maintenance workers in Dublin, the Irish Examiner reports. Eirtech Aviation plans to add a Dublin Airport base and 71 workers with year, with up to 100 positions over the next 3-4 years, the story says.
Eirtech provides refurbishment, painting and engineering services to commercial, private and business aircraft operators and leasing companies. It has an established base at Shannon Airport.
Dublin Airport has seen an MRO jobs shakeup in the last year or so. In February 2009, Zurich-headquartered SR Technics shuttered its Dublin Airport facility, and about 1,100 people lost their jobs.
In September 2009, Dublin Aerospace bought assets from the former SRT operation with the aim of adding 226 jobs over the next five years. The investment, led by Conor McCarthy (a shareholder and director with both Air Asia and vivaAerobus of Mexico), has the backing of Enterprise Ireland. It aims to be a low-cost, lean facility, as my colleague Bill Burchell reported last fall.
The new Eirtech operation also is supported by Enterprise Ireland, the Examiner says.
And, earlier this year, maintenance work in Dublin Airport's Hangar Six saw tensions rise, with Ryanair pushing for space there. The hangar currently is used by Aer Lingus. Ryanair insisted it could add 300 new jobs.