‘Huge vote of confidence for global Britain’ as Airbus to invest £100 million and create 500 jobs in Wales

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Building on a proud 100-year British aviation heritage, Airbus is part of the very fabric of the UK – which is one of the company’s four home markets, alongside France, Germany and Spain.

The aerospace giant’s 12,500-strong UK workforce is part of a global family of 130,000 employees around the world.

The company have announced it will create a further 6,000 new jobs globally, with 450-550 expected to come to the Broughton site in Flintshire, Wales.

An Airbus spokesperson confirmed that it plans to make 75 A320 planes a month in 2025, an increase of around 50% and also confirmed that it will invest in all of its sites, including those in the UK, to increase its capacity.

The company published higher than expected earnings for the past three months and is confident demand for travel will increase.

Airbus is also developing a new long range plane that would have fewer emissions and be more fuel efficient. Its wings would be made in Broughton.

Economy Minister Vaughan Gething welcomed the investment boost for Broughton saying:

“This announcement is fantastic news for Wales. Airbus’ plans to increase wing production on Deeside will see a significant growth in the skilled workforce, alongside a huge investment from the company. This is a real vote of confidence in Wales and the talented workforce at Broughton.

“Airbus’ plans mean more made-in-Wales wings will fly on the very latest Airbus aircraft across the globe, sending a clear signal that Wales is a nation with a superb reputation for advanced manufacturing – which is only made possible thanks to our world class workforce. The Welsh Government will continue to work closely with Airbus to ensure we have the pipeline of skilled talent the company needs in order to grow its workforce in the years ahead.”

Welsh Secretary Simon Hart added:

“Airbus have confirmed they’re increasing production of single aisle commercial aircraft to 75 aircraft per month – a 40 per cent increase. A huge vote of confidence in Wales as part of a global Britain.”

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