Galway airport closes as councils buy 115-acre site
GALWAY'S days as an airport city ended yesterday, writes Brian McDonald.
After 40 years of flights in and out of the airport at Carnmore, on the outskirts of the city, it was confirmed that the licence is to be handed back to the Department of Transport.
Galway city and county councils have agreed to purchase the airport for €1.1m and the 115-acre site will cease to function as an airport within weeks.
Initially an airstrip, a proper runway and other infrastructure was built in the early 1970s. Aer Arann began flying from the airport in 1974.
The site has been used solely for private aviation since 2011 after State funding ceased due to the downturn.
In a statement, Galway city and county councils said the purchase presented the opportunity to develop "an excellent brownfield site on the outskirts of the city for the future economic development of the city, county and region".
The statement added: "The former airport site is a significant asset located adjacent to the M6 Dublin-Galway motorway and the new Oranmore train station".
The purchase includes 115 acres of land, the former terminal building and two hangars. Any future use of the land and other assets to facilitate and support economic development will have to be agreed jointly by both councils.