UKs largest regional airline, Loganair, has enhanced its Isle of Man team, recruiting seven locals for the maintenance of its Ronaldsway-based aircraft, highlighting its commitment to the Island Community.
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The new posts ensure that the highly skilled roles are retained on the Island, with four engineers, two mechanics and an apprentice now maintaining technical care of the airline’s fleet.
New engineering recruits Chris Priest, Martyn Tanner and Simon Stirland, alongside mechanics Cliff Gouldthorp and Matthew Preston, will take over the maintenance work from a previous external provider, led by Station Manager Paul Preston.
Loganair has also employed apprentice Orry Halsall, with a commitment to progress him towards the attainment of a UK CAA Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s License in the coming years.
Loganair, the Isle of Man’s home-town airline, established a Maintenance Base at the airport at the beginning of October and has already created a number of supplier relationships in Castletown, Douglas, Braddan and Kirk Michael, with further Island partnerships anticipated through membership of the Isle of Man Aerospace Cluster.
Earlier this year, Loganair increased capacity on its Isle of Man services, with two ATR-72 aircraft now based on the island, both seating 70 passengers serving Liverpool, Manchester, Belfast, Birmingham and Edinburgh.
It was the only airline to maintain any Isle of Man passenger air services throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and has been growing its services to enhance the Island’s connectivity as it builds back its schedule.
To mark its continued commitment to the Isle of Man, Loganair is providing all Clan Loganair members double points on flights between the Island and Manchester for the month of November.
Loganair’s Chief Commercial Officer Kay Ryan said: “We are extremely pleased that we are able to grow our team at the Loganair Maintenance Base at Ronaldsway, Doing it by retaining a local skilled workforce within the community is even better.
“The Isle of Man is a key destination for us, and we are fully committed to building connectivity for the island community as the Island’s home-town airline.”
Orry Halsall, newly employed apprentice at Loganair’s Isle of Man base, said: “It’s fantastic to be given the opportunity to learn from the highly-skilled team at Loganair. I’m looking forward to working with the team and building my experience as I work towards my UK CAA Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s License with help from the airline.”