Italian manufacturer Piaggio Aero is to open two new maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities at Genoa and Villanova d'Albenga airports.

The manufacturer of the P180 Avanti twin-pusher turboprop aircraft is expanding its maintenance activities following contracts with French airline Brit Air for Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets operating to Genoa and a similar deal involving Italian carrier Minerva Airlines' Fairchild Dornier 328s.

The main site, due to open in the second quarter of next year, will be at Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport. Piaggio will lease two 1,600m2 (17,223ft2) hangars and a third one of 800m2, plus a 545m2 repair shop and another two-storey building.

A second centre will be set up at Villanova d'Albenga airport, which will initially conduct maintenance on general aviation types and later expand to regional aircraft.

Source: Flight International