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Published on October 21st, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer

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Ireland West Airport gets Government funding for runway overlay project

Ireland West Airport has welcomed the announcement of funding of €8.4m for the airport to support the completion of the airports runway overlay project in 2019. The funding which represents 75% of the total estimated project costs as permitted under EU state aid guidelines will provide for a rehabilitation of the airports 2,400m runway. The airport will also invest close to €3 million in completing the project in addition to the exchequer funding. The overlay, which includes a complete resurfacing and the installation of new ground lighting systems is required to ensure that the runway continues to meet the strict regulations governing the operation and specification of runways at major airports

Runway 26/08 which opened in 1985, has seen over 10 million passengers land and take off on it and is a critical element of the airports infrastructure. This is the first time in its 33-year history that the runway has had a full overhaul.

Arthur French, Chairman, Ireland West Airport said ‘We welcome yesterday’s announcement of funding by the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohue TD as part of Budget 2019, to support the rehabilitation and overlay of the airports runway in 2019. This is the biggest project undertaken by the airport in recent years and when completed will safeguard the airports runway for the next 25 years.’

New Cologne route announced

In another boost for Ireland West Airport Ryanair have announced they will commence a new direct service to Cologne starting in June 2019. The flights will operate every Tuesday and Saturday, starting June 1st 2019 until September.

Cologne is Germany’s fourth largest city and the largest city of the State of North Rhine–Westphalia. This new announcement is a major boost for tourism in the West and North West regions of Ireland as it provides the only direct access to the West Coast from the North Rhine-Westphalia region. Germany is the third-largest market for tourism to the island of Ireland with a record year forecasted in 2018 of over 650,000 German visitors with 50% of German holidaymakers visiting the West and North West of Ireland during their stay.

Posted by Ireland West Airport on Wednesday, 10 October 2018

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Mark Dwyer

Mark is an airline pilot by profession flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He also instructs on them including tailwheel differences training and is a UK CAA Examiner. He also flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.



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