Published on September 9th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


€40 Million Runway Upgrade at Cork Starts Next Monday

Cork Airport is investing over €40 million between 2020-2022 to upgrade and enhance critical infrastructure to get ready for strong growth to take off from the end of November into 2022 and beyond. This is the biggest investment in Cork Airport since the construction of the new terminal, multi-storey car park, maintenance and other buildings and roads in 2005/06.

Cork Airport is now undertaking the reconstruction of its main runway over the next 10 weeks from Monday 13th September, along with the upgrading of the airport’s approach, airfield and ground lighting, runway edge and centreline lighting together with all of its drainage and ducting systems. Cork Airport will reopen on the morning of 22nd November following the completion of these works.

As part of this capital programme, Cork Airport is also investing in the construction of a new Electrical Sub-Station for the airport in early 2022. All of these projects have sustainability and green energy efficiency as a priority. Cork Airport has recently completed an upgrade of its Hold Baggage Security screening system at the airport to ensure that checked-in baggage complies with the latest and highest international standards.

Colas, with its Irish head office located in Maynooth, was awarded the main runway contract following an extensive EU tender process. The project to reconstruct the main runway (16/34) is being supported by Government funding of €10 million from the Department of Transport, announced in November 2020.

The reconstruction of Cork Airport’s main runway will be the fastest large-scale construction project undertaken in the State in recent years – 12 months from funding approval to the completion of the main works – encompassing EU tendering, design, regulatory approvals and construction.

Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director at Cork Airport said: “All of us at Cork Airport welcome this investment and are fully committed to a strong, growing and vibrant airport into the future.”

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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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