Robinson welcomes Bombardier sale

31 October 2019

East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson has welcomed the sale of Bombardier’s Northern Ireland operations to Spirit AeroSystems.

Gavin Robinson

Spokesman on Justice, Home Affairs and Human Rights.

Gavin Robinson

The local MP said, “This is good news for East Belfast and for the wider Northern Ireland economy. Arlene Foster and I have met with the company throughout the sales process.

Bombardier is absolutely integral to the Northern Ireland and since the partnership with Airbus there has been an upturn in orders for the A220 planes. That is significant because the three plans in Belfast, Morocco and Dallas that have been sold are all related to Bombardier’s commercial aviation business. The company locally has also been diversifying into new and exciting areas.

There have been many uncertain times for staff in Belfast, since the complaint was brought by Boeing and more recently with the announcement of the sale. What has always shone through throughout that time however has been the quality of the workforce and the high-quality, specialised product that is made in Belfast.

Spirit are a major company within the aerospace industry and it represents a desire by Spirit to grow its business. The future for the A220 programme is very positive and I hope this can represent a new settled future for the Belfast plant and allow the workforce to concentrate on what they do best; producing a world-leading product.”

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