The Government has committed £19.5m to a multi-million pound investment in new production by Belfast-based aerospace firm Shorts.
This combined investment will lead to the creation of 308 jobs and safeguard another 671 over the next five years, easily replacing jobs lost at Shorts after the collapse of Dutch aircraft firm Fokker.
The Government money, from the Northern Ireland Industrial Development Board, will be added to Shorts’ own investment of £108.4m in the production of key parts for two airliners – the Canadair Regional Jet Series 700 and the De Havilland Dash 8-400 turboprop. The company’s own investment plan was announced in February.
For the Regional Jet, Shorts will design and build the centre and forward fuselage and the engine nacelles. For the Dash 8-400 Shorts will design and make engine nacelles and the wing components.