Irish budget carrier Ryanair is expanding the maintenance facility at its operational base in Lithuania’s second largest city Kaunas.
Some LTL5.6 million ($2.1 million) is being invested to double the capacity of Kaunas Aircraft Maintenance Services (KAMS) – a standalone company that conducts C-checks for Ryanair’s Boeing 737-800 fleet – with a second hangar and additional technicians, says Invest Lithuania, the government’s business development arm.
Today, KAMS employs around 50 staff members at the existing 3,500m² (37,700ft²) hangar, which was opened in early 2012. Some 40 additional mechanics are to be employed in the new hangar after undergoing training at Kaunas University of Technology.
However, the total staff number is to grow further to about 130 over the next years, said Invest Lithuania back in March 2013, when construction began for the second hangar. The new facility should double the site’s capacity to around 120 aircraft checks a year.
Kaunas is Ryanair’s third base maintenance site after similar facilities in Prestwick, UK, and at Hahn airport in Germany.