Virgin Blue has confirmed plans to increase its hangar space at Sydney Airport following increasing demand.

Virgin Blue has confirmed plans to increase its hangar space at Sydney Airport following increasing demand.

The airline is set to build its first wide-body hangar at the Australian airport by the end of 2012 to enable it to hold four narrow-body aircraft or two narrow-body aircraft and one wide-body plane.

Sydney Airport chief executive Russell Balding welcomed Virgin Blue’s decision to increase its presence in a move that could increase options for those taking flights to Australia.

“The new hangar and maintenance base will create jobs and the new service between Sydney and Abu Dhabi provides more choice for international visitors and Australian travellers alike,” said Mr Balding.

V, a subsidiary of Virgin Blue, recently announced the introduction of new flights to Sydney from Abu Dhabi ahead of predictions that traffic between Australia and the Middle East is set to increase significantly over the next 12 months.

Written by Ruth Norris.

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