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Published on December 16th, 2020 | by Alan Dwyer

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Eirtrade Aviation to Build New Hangar at Ireland West Airport

Eirtrade Aviation has announced plans to build a hanger capable of holding an Airbus A380 at Ireland West Airport in Knock. The company has been working at the airport for the past ten years optimising client asset value by providing specialist End-of-Life Engine and Aircraft solution services. They are seeking to expand the scale and scope of their services to their customers.

The proposed new development at Ireland West Airport will comprise the construction of an aircraft hangar, adjacent ancillary aircraft storage area, a new vehicular access road onto the R376 as well as additional ancillary and associated site works within the Strategic Development Zone at Ireland West Airport. The new hangar will have the capability to accommodate multiple aircraft types up to an Airbus A380.

The planning application will go through the process with Mayo County Council and should it be successful, it is expected the construction will start in 2021. The project would support up to 110 jobs during the construction phase and a further 100 jobs once operational. 

Chairman of Ireland West Airport, Arthur French welcomed this positive development by Eirtrade Aviation Ireland Ltd. “This is a very positive development for the West of Ireland and the airport looks forward to working closely with Eirtrade in the coming months in progressing this project to a successful conclusion, resulting in the creation of a significant large scale aviation hangar at the airport, with the follow-on benefits for the region of longer-term quality employment in the aviation services sector.”

Also speaking as the plans for the new hanger were announced Ken Fitzgibbon, CEO of Eirtrade, said “This application is a progressive step for the Eirtrade business in Ireland West Airport. The construction of a new hangar will be a hugely important step in creating an aviation hub in the West of Ireland and we are very excited to work with the airport on this project. We have established a great working relationship with the airport over the past ten years and this planned development will be an expansion of our existing business, helping create a supply line for other aviation services, enabling us to handle increased volume and size of aircraft.  Our ongoing pipeline is extremely strong & we have got huge support from the aviation leasing community.”

Cover photo by Gerry Barron

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