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€15m investment plan announced for Knock Airport


‘CONTINUING TO GROW’Joe Gilmore, MD at Knock Airport.

Ciara Galvin

IRELAND West Airport Knock has embarked on a massive facilities investment plan. The strategy will see over €15 million invested in new passenger facilities, terminal upgrades and infrastructural works across the airport facility and runway.
It is planned that by the end of the first quarter of 2018, almost €4 million worth of major infrastructural projects will have been completed.
A range of projects are to be completed by 2019, including the resurfacing of a section of car park; the upgrading of car park equipment; the acquisition of covered passenger boarding stairs and enhancements to the airport retail and catering facilities.
Other works will see the re-modelling of the immigration and arrivals area, creating increased circulation space for arriving passengers, a new and modern signage system throughout the airport and a full resurfacing of the airport’s 2,400m runway, including taxiways and an LED lighting system.
The runway works, which will start in 2019, will cost around €10 million.
The investment will provide a major boost for the local economy, with the airport utilising the services of a number of local contractors and suppliers to carry out some of these projects.
This latest development plan follows the completion last year of a number of safety- and security-related projects, totalling over €2.5 million, as the airport continued to invest, with the support of the Department of Transport, in upgrading its facilities.
“This latest facilities investment programme will adapt, modernise and transform the airport with contemporary elements and future-proof services,” said Joe Gilmore, the airport’s Managing Director. “It will make the airport more efficient, provide greater flexibility and resilience to the passengers and ensure an even more comfortable and easier journey through the airport.”
Mr Gilmore said he believes that these works are especially important as the airport is experiencing passenger growth.
“We believe these planned improvements will continue to grow our reputation as the faster, easier, friendlier airport of choice for those travelling to and from the west, midlands and north west of Ireland.”
The managing director expressed his gratitude for the continued support of the local authority partners and the Departments of Tourism, Transport and Sport and Rural & Community Development. He also thanked customers of the airport for their contributions, through the Airport Development Fee.

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