The steel framework for Bombardier Aviation’s new 250,000-sq-ft maintenance hangar began going up at London Biggin Hill Airport last week. The facility will replace the airframer’s current hangars at the airport and will be capable of sheltering up to 14 of the company’s flagship Global 7500s at the same time.
Robert Walters, the airport’s commercial director, said the expansion marks “a significant extension of Bombardier’s European customer support network at London Biggin Hill, reinforcing the airport’s position as a leading aerospace hub.”
Along with the hangar, the complex will also include component repair and overhaul workshops, parts depot, training rooms, office space, and 650,000 sq ft of apron and surrounds. The project is slated for completion by mid-2022 and is expected to bring employment at the facility to more than 250.
Bombardier began maintenance operations at the airport in 2017, offering tip-to-tail heavy maintenance on its Learjet, Challenger, and Global business jets. Last year, the location added enhanced interior repair and refurbishment.
“We are delighted to be supporting Bombardier as it meets the growing demand for its services here and the hangar’s construction contributes toward our ambitious target of generating 2,300 jobs at the airport by 2030,” said Walters.