Woodgate speeds up expansion plans

The current facilities at the Woodgate site
The current facilities at the Woodgate site

Aircraft charter and maintenance company, Woodgate Aviation, is to almost double the size of its new hangar in a further £1.5 million investment at Belfast International Airport set to create five new jobs.

A planning application to build a 27,000-sq ft extension has been lodged with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council after enjoying a year of unprecedented growth across all main business sectors.

Work will get underway on phase two once the company receives planning approval. The project will bring to £3.5 million the amount invested by Woodgate Aviation over a three-year period.

Managing director John Keen said the growth was demand-led after the 33,000 sqft phase one hangar became fully committed well ahead of growth projections.

“In addition to our own aircraft, and the certified maintenance work we carry out for a growing number of clients, we’ve also managed to secure new jet aircraft business with every likelihood that more will follow in early 2016.

“Virtually doubling what we have reflects the upturn we are seeing in the market coupled with very focused international marketing drive we embarked upon.

“In the aviation world, we’re recognised for the fact that we now offer the most modern, integrated and secure facilities available on the island of Ireland.

“Our track record is built on our professionalism and competitiveness which are highly prized by clients and suppliers alike.”

Belfast International Airport MD Graham Keddie, welcomed the expansion, stating that it would enhance the attractiveness of the airport to the lucrative private aircraft market.

Mr Keddie said: “Woodgate has shown what can be achieved, and the company is to be applauded for its financial commitment and belief in the market. To go ahead with Phase Two even before Phase One has had its official opening tells you everything you need to know about a company that’s going places.”