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Wednesday 23 October 2019

Airport runway is resurfaced at a cost of €11.2m

Pictured cutting the ribbon at the official opening of the newly resurfaced runway at Ireland West Airport were An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, flanked by TD and Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, TD and Arthur French, Chairman, Ireland West Airport
Pictured cutting the ribbon at the official opening of the newly resurfaced runway at Ireland West Airport were An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, flanked by TD and Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, TD and Arthur French, Chairman, Ireland West Airport

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, cut the ribbon to mark the opening of the newly resurfaced runway at Ireland West Airport last Friday.

Runway 26/08, which measures 2,400 metres in length and is the third longest in the country, opened in 1985 and handles all of the airport's flights.

This is the first time in its 34-year history that the runway has had a full overlay, including taxi ways, and the upgrade of the instrumentation Landing Systems here at the airport.

The runway rehabilitation ensures that the runway at Ireland West Airport continues to meet the strict regulations governing the operation and specification of runways at major airports.

The project which cost €11.2m was supported to the value of 75% of the total by the Department of Tourism, Transport and Sport, as part of the Project Ireland 2040 strategy, with the airport funding in the region of €2.8m from its own funds to complete the project.

The rehabilitation works took place overnight outside of operational hours over a four-month period, which commenced last May, as it required the full closure of the airport's main runway.

The project was completed on time, with minimal disruption, at the end of August and within budget, with up to 200 workers employed for the duration of the works, providing significant spin off benefits for the local region.

This year will see record passenger numbers, with over 800,000 people expected to travel through the airport this year. A recent economic study carried out by Ernst and Young has highlighted that in 2018 the airport contributed €182 million in spend across the region and supported almost 3,000 jobs.

It also generated €29 million of a dividend back to the exchequer revenues.

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