Published on February 6th, 2022 | by Alan Dwyer0
Runway Extension at Waterford Cleared for Take-Off
Waterford County Council’s plan for a runway extension has been approved by An Bord Pleanela. Waterford City and County Council applied for permission for the extension in 2020 and the runway is set to increase to 2,287 from its current length of 1,433 metres. It is expected to cost at least €12 million which campaigners and business groups hope will attract commercial carriers to the airport as it will allow it to take larger aircraft. There have been no commercial passenger flights at the airport for the past five years.
The runway extension will involve an extension of the existing 1,433 metre long runway by 491m at its northern end and 363m at its southern end, resulting in a total runway length of 2,287m. It will also be widened from its current size of 30m in width to 45m.
Commenting on the approval for the runway extension, the CEO of Waterford Chamber, Gerard Hurley said, ”Securing the necessary funding will continue to be a priority for us. We have vigorously lobbied Government on this extension, right up to last week in fact, as it is one of the key requirements of many of our members in the industry. We are now one step closer to having an airport, which will help the southeast region in terms of attracting foreign direct investment, expanding existing companies and allowing more tourism. There is still a way to go, but today is a giant leap forward.”