19 March 2013

Ryanair to expand its MRO facility in Kaunas, Lithuania; add 40 new jobs

19 March 2013 - Ryanair has begun construction of a second hangar for its €1.5 million aircraft maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) facility in Kaunas, Lithuania. First opened in January 2013, the centre is the first of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe. It is designed to service approximately 60 airplanes each year. 

The second hangar will employ an additional 40 mechanics and engineers, a figure that is set to climb to 80 in the coming years. These employees will be provided with a special five-month training course initiated by Invest Lithuania and developed by the Kaunas University of Technology in association with Ryanair. 

Lithuania has strong traditions in the aviation industry, and the quality of the aviation specialists graduating from local universities was a factor in Ryanair’s decision to establish and to expand its aircraft maintenance centre here. 

Ryanair is the biggest low-cost airline in Europe with 53 bases in 28 countries. The company flies to 168 airports with 1,500 flights every day, using 305 Boeing 737-800 airplanes. Ryanair currently employs over 8,500 people and is expected to carry over 80 million passengers this fiscal year. 

Invest Lithuania is a government agency that provides free advice and introductions to the ground experts to global companies interested in doing business in Lithuania. The agency serves as a point of contact for foreign companies and guides international businesses through every step of the process of setting up operations in Lithuania.

Source: Invest Lithuania