In October of last year, Minister Kelly led and Enterprise Ireland Trade Mission to Russia focussed on the aviation sector and the growing opportunities for Irish companies in this market.
The trade mission is based in Russian capital, Moscow, and has been organised with the support of the Irish embassy there.
Russia has become a key export market for Ireland over the last couple of years for many of the companies involved and the mission is aimed at reinforcing the range of products and services they offer to Russian airlines and aviation buyers.
Over the next ten years, the Russian government is planning a huge €140 billion infrastructural and aviation transport services programme with significant growth also being seen in the Russian online travel market, which grew 26% to $6.2 billion in 2012. These developments offer major opportunities for Irish suppliers.
Announcing aviation industry initiative, Minister Kelly noted
“Ireland already has in place a world-class aviation ecosystem, including a very active leasing infrastructure, MRO (Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul), pilot training, software and IT, and financial and other services associated with the sector. Our capacity to offer a turn-key solution for many of Russia’s leading airlines means that Ireland is now seen by the Russian aviation industry as a market leader. This trade mission is all about building on this strong platform and assisting Irish companies, in every way possible, to increase exports and create and maintain jobs at home.”
The Minister’s schedule during the visit included a series of meetings with representatives of the Russian Federation Government and Moscow City Government, RosKosmos, the Russian Space Agency, meetings with Irish companies and their Russian partners and customers, and a series of events promoting the capabilities and strengths of Irish companies in the aviation sector.