Clark: Airbus Deal May Create More Bombardier Jobs in Belfast

After meeting executives from both firms, Business Secretary Greg Clark said that more jobs are possible to be created at the plant of Bombardier in Belfast once its deal with Airbus is completed.

With around 4,500 staff in Belfast, Bombardier is the largest employer in the region, and most of the jobs rely on the success of the C Series jets.

News that work may expand in the region comes after Airbus agreed to take a controlling stake in the C Series business of Bombardier earlier this week – a daring deal which would help the jets receive around punitive 300pc import tariffs that are imposed on it by the United States.

“We’ll have more detailed discussions as the deal progresses, but there was great optimism that works generally for Belfast will increase,” said Clark, citing anticipate growth in sales for the C Series planes.

“Obviously if demand increases then some decisions will need to be taken as to where the future capacity can be located. And I would expect Belfast to be a good contender for that.”

Boeing had successfully ­negoitiated for the levies on the C Series aircraft which are assembled in Canada, saying that the aircrafts had been sold to US airline Delta at “absurdly low” prices.

The aerospace ­giant said that the prices were only made plausible by illegal state aid for Bombardier from the United Kingdom and Canada.

On Friday, the Canadian Press reported that Airbus’s chief executive, Tom Enders, informed business leaders in Canada that he did not expect Boeing to give up easily.

“The B guys will certainly throw every­thing into our way they can figure so the coming months might be a little bit rough and tough, but we’ve seen that before,” said Enders.

He also revealed that Airbus has no plans to buy out Bombardier on the C Series.