Bombardier has opened a new service centre at Essendon Fields Airport in Melbourne, Australia, adding to its support footprint in the Asia-Pacific.

The new facility covers 4,600sq m (50,000 sq ft) and will serve a fleet of 80 Bombardier business jets operating in the country, says the company.

Bombardier adds that the new centre, which features a new spare parts depot, will ensure quicker turnarounds for aircraft.

“The addition of the Melbourne Service Centre is the latest in a series of worldwide infrastructure investments aimed at enhancing Bombardier’s customer service capacity in line with our 2025 plan,” says Éric Martel, President and CEO, Bombardier.

“In the past year, we have added close to one million square feet of service capacity in several key locations, solidifying our plan to bring more Bombardier jets home no matter where they operate.”

The opening follows June’s opening of a new 26,000sq m service centre at Singapore’s Seletar Aerospace Park.

Bombardier claims to represent 31% of Australia’s overall business jet market, and 47% of the market for medium and large category.

At the opening of the Singapore location, Martel said that business aviation in the region is resurgent following a long period Covid-19 restrictions.