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East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson has welcomed the conclusion of the sale of Bombardier's Northern Ireland operations to Spirit AeroSystems.

The local MP said, "It has been a long process since this announcement was made, a few days short of one year ago. During that time we have also seen huge changes within the aerospace industry and some of the most challenging conditions imaginable developing.

Despite that however, today marks a very positive day for the local workforce and the future of the A220 planes. I am delighted that the sale has now concluded and Spirit are a very good fit for the local business and everyone will be hopeful for the future.

This sale will allow Spirit to expand their relationship not just with Airbus, but also open further opportunities with our Belfast facility and Boeing. It is particularly encouraging that even in the midst of such a difficult time, the skills, ingenuity and quality of the Belfast operation remain so well regarded within the industry. That had undoubtedly been a key factor to the sale and my thoughts today are with all of those employed in the plant who will hoping they can now focus on what they do best; producing world-class engineering."