A new aircraft maintenance hangar which could create 300 jobs at Birmingham Airport has reached a construction milestone.
Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL), a division of The Monarch Group, is installing the largest component of the 110,000 sq ft facility, the ‘valley truss’ beam, which is 4.2 m deep, spans 66 m and weighs around 80 tonnes.
MAEL said last year the new facility would initially create 150 jobs, with the potential to create a further 150 when it is finished in November.
Will Heynes, development director of Birmingham Airport, said: “This development is a significant addition to our infrastructure.
“It enhances our offer of world class facilities and supports our ability to offer more skilled jobs in the region.
“The programme is progressing well thanks to the great efforts of all parties involved and we look forward to welcoming the first jet into the new hangar this November.”
Mick Adams, managing director of MAEL, said: “The development of our new hangar at Birmingham Airport continues to define a new airport landscape and we are extremely pleased that the project remains on target.”