Published on June 22nd, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer


Ireland West Airport Welcomes Announcement of €5.7m in Funding

Ireland West Airport has welcomed the announcement that funding to the amount of €5,761,738 from the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport has been approved. Capital expenditure (CAPEX) of €4,772,252 and PPR-C (Public Policy Remit-Capital) of €989,486.The funding is provided to support critical Safety and Security Projects under the Regional Airports Programme 2015-2019. The Programme provides for Exchequer support for phase 1 of critical safety and security projects to be carried out at the airport in 2019.

The main body of funding of €4.7m is to support the current rehabilitation of the airports 2,400 metre runway which commenced in May 2019. 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.

Arthur French, Chairman, Ireland West Airport said ‘We welcome today’s announcement of phase 1 of funding by the Minister for Transport, Tourism, and Sport, Shane Ross, TD which will assist the airport in undertaking important safety and security related projects including the completion of the rehabilitation and overlay of the airport’s 2,400 metre runway, upgrading of Hold Baggage Screening equipment, Fire service training Simulator and training ground upgrade and upgrades of airport service vehicles. We also wish to acknowledge in particular the continued unwavering support of Minister Michael Ring, Minister for Rural & Community Development for the airport. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Minister Ross, his Department and with regional and local government representatives and our local authority partners and stakeholders in driving to implement the objectives set out as part of the 10-year National Development Plan and Project Ireland 2040.

This is part of an initial allocation of over €8.85m in Exchequer grants to the airports of Donegal, Ireland West Airport Knock and Kerry the Regional Airports Programme. The allocations, which will go towards capital investment in the areas of safety and security, are being provided as follows: Donegal €884,912, Ireland West-Knock €5,761,738, Kerry €2,208,911 TOTAL €8,855,561

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He 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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