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Hundreds of jobs set for the Vale of Glamorgan

Up to a thousand jobs could be created. Photo: ITV Wales News

An new aerospace firm has announced plans to operate an aircraft repair facility at the Twin Peaks hangar in St Athan.

Cardiff Aviation - led by the Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson - says the development will provide up to 1000 new jobs.

As well as maintenance of airliners and other large aircraft , the firm says it will have the expertise and approval to certify aircraft from many jurisdictions, including the USA._

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South Wales has long had an association with the aircraft industry and I am delighted that I am able to have a small part in the continuation of that tradition.

A cautious projection is that we’d expect to create up to a thousand jobs within 18 months based on the level of interest and commitment from aircraft manufacturers and operators.

– Bruce Dickinson, Cardiff Aviation

Business Minister Edwina Hart said it was "a strong vote of confidence" in the area, particularly in the light of it being named an Enterprise Zone._

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“I am particularly pleased to hear the company is keen to take on skilled mechanics previously employed by the Defence Support Group, create hundreds of highly skilled engineering jobs and also plans to establish an on-going apprenticeship programme as the business grows

This is exactly the type of investment needed - bringing money into the local economy while also providing an international promotion for St Athan Aerospace Business Park and the Aviation Enterprise Zone.

– Edwina Hart, Business Minister