THE opening of a new aircraft maintenance facility, which will lead to the immediate creation of a further 25 jobs by Lufthansa Technik Turbine Shannon (LTTS), is one in a series of positive developments that underline Shannon’s revival as a driver of economic growth in the Mid-West region. 

That’s according to Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey who said that the Lufthansa expansion will not only lead to another significant increase in employment at LTTS later in the year but it will trigger a major post-Covid uplift of the Shannon aviation sector.

“The revival of Shannon’s job creation fortunes isn’t confined to aviation-related industries and I am aware of a number of companies in the med-tech and logistics sectors who are planning significant expansions of their operations both on the airport campus and the Shannon Free Zone,” Deputy Carey explained.

“This is a major vote of confidence in Shannon and a payoff for the significant level of ongoing investment by the Shannon Airport Group, which amounted to almost €30 million last year alone,” he added.

The latest expansion by LTTS is being facilitated by a new 2,000 square metre facility commissioned by the Shannon Airport Group, which is on course to be fully operational by March.

It will enable the company to offer new products for turbine engines that power Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 aircraft.

The post-Covid recovery of the aviation sector has seen a big increase in demand for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of  aircraft engines and components, which is the the core business of LTTS.

This has led to a doubling of its workforce in Shannon over the past 18 months.

The company, which is celebrating 30 years in Shannon, currently employs more than 300 people in its Irish operation which includes facilities in Kildare and Dublin.

PHOTO: Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey at the entrance to the Shannon Free Zone.