Posted on Tuesday 24 September 2019 by John Mulgrew

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Aerospace giant Bombardier is planning to build a major expansion of its aircraft facility in Belfast, it can be revealed.

The Canadian-owned plane maker has submitted plans which will see an additional 31,500 sq m extension to its huge 52,500 sq m site at Airport Road West.

Bombardier employs around 3,600 in Northern Ireland, including 1,000 working on the former C Series jets, which have since been rebranded as the A220, after Airbus took on a majority stake in the series.

The complete wings and fuselage components for the jet are made within the Canadian aerospace giant's Belfast operation, which remains up for sale.

The extension would increase the already huge facility by around 60%. The firm has submitted previous plans, dating back almost a decade.

The company has submitted a pre-application notice, and will carry out a public consultation before submitting a full planning application.

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