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Claremorris man appointed Knock Airport board chair


IN THE HOTSEATClaremorris native Arthur French is the new Chairman of Ireland West Airport Knock.

Anton McNulty

Businessman Arthur French has been appointed as the new chairman of Ireland West Airport Knock to replace long serving chairman Joe Kennedy.
A native of Claremorris, Mr French was announced as its new chairman on Friday and his appointment comes as long serving chairman Joe Kennedy announced he is to step down from his current role as chairman to become Honorary President of the airport.
The new chairman established his own company, French Estates in Co Kildare in 1975, and has been involved in numerous property, land and development sales. A board member of the airport since 2006, Mr French had previously held the position of vice-chairman and said he is looking forward to the continued development of the airport.
“I’m delighted to be appointed as chairman of Ireland West Airport. We are deeply indebted to Joe for over 16 years of service, showing determination and unwavering commitment in developing and growing the airport to what it is today which is testament to his hard work. I will continue to build on the foundations Joe put in place over the coming years to support the airport as it continues to deliver on its role as a key economic driver for the west and north west of Ireland and look forward to working with the airport team, Government and local and regional stakeholders in a new era for the airport,” he said.
As well as his business interests in Ireland, Mr French was appointed as the Honorary Consul to Kazakhstan in Ireland and is currently involved in expanding economic relationships between the two countries.
A native of Doocastle in east Mayo, Joe Kennedy has served on the board of Ireland West Airport Knock since 2002 and served two terms as chairman. He said he was honoured to serve as chairman and welcomed the appointment of Mr French as his successor.
“I’ve been honoured to serve on the board of the airport since 2002 and during that time have had the pleasure of being involved as the airport, through some uncertain times, continued to thrive and grow culminating in a record year of 750,000 passengers in 2017. Arthur brings vast business experience to the position of chairman of the airport and I know the airport will be in very capable hands under Arthur’s stewardship and I wish him the very best of luck in his new role,” he said.