Cheap flights carrier Ryanair will be increasing its presence at Glasgow Prestwick Airport thanks to the establishment of a new maintenance hangar.
The structure, which will cost £8 million to build, will be the airline’s second at the Scottish airport when it opens in October.
Its approval was confirmed by Scottish first minister Alex Salmond and Ryanair chief executive officer Michael O’Leary, with the facility expected to create up to 200 engineering jobs.
Mr Salmond said he is "delighted" that Ryanair is in a position to strengthen its Glasgow operations and praised the carrier’s contribution to the country’s economy.
"The Scottish government is investing £1.5 million in this £8 million project, which shows Ryanair’s commitment to Ayrshire and builds on Prestwick’s reputation as a centre for European excellence in maintenance, repair and overhaul projects," he commented.
In addition to the opening of the hangar, Ryanair has confirmed that it will launch new flights to Faro, Marrakesh and Paris from Edinburgh in May.
Elsewhere, May will also see the airline establish its 40th base at Kaunas in Lithuania, which will allow it to commence 18 new routes.