Work has commenced on a €15m facilities investment plan aimed at transforming Ireland West Airport in Knock over the next three years.
The investment strategy will see improvements in new passenger facilities, terminal upgrades and infrastructural works across the airport facility and runway.
By the end of the first quarter of 2018 almost €4m worth of major infrastructural projects, to improve the operational efficiency and to upgrade and enhance the airports facilities and services, will have been completed.
Projects to be completed between 2017 and 2019 include resurfacing of Car Park Zone 5 resulting in 250 permanent surfaced car park spaces less than five minutes’ walk from the terminal; a major upgrade of existing car park equipment to the latest state of the art equipment including the introduction of a number plate recognition system, and construction and re-modelling of new toilet facilities at the airport.
There will be covered aircraft passenger boarding stairs for passengers boarding and disembarking aircraft; a re-modelling of immigration and arrivals area creating increased circulation space for arriving passengers, and upgrading to new flight information display screens across the airport terminal as well as the ground handling equipment and safety and response vehicles.
The investment will see enhancements to the airport retail and catering facilities; the construction of a new Tourist Welcome Centre adjacent to the arrivals area, the introduction of new digital display screens throughout the airport facility, and a remodelling of the departures area creating additional seating capacity and upgrading of furniture
This year the airport has commenced a series of critical projects on the airports runway to maintain the highest standard of airport safety and operations.
The work includes replacement of existing runway lighting and fittings, major airfield drainage programme, upgrading of the runways instrument landing system and other minor site works.
It is planned that in 2019 work will commence on a €10m+ overlay of the airports 2.5km Runway. The current runway is 30 years old and work will involve a resurfacing of the entire runway ensuring this critical infrastructural asset is maintained to serve the region for the next 30 years.
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