Knock Airport awarded over €2 million funding

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Knock Airport has been awarded more than €2 million in COVID-19 funding announced today, while another €6.3 million will go to Shannon Airport.

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton has today announced that more than €11 million has been awarded to four regional airports in Ireland.

Ireland West Aiport Knock will receive €2,185,983 out of €4.8 million for it, Kerry, and Donegal under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025.

Shannon Airport has been allocated €6,327,000 under the COVID-19 Regional State Airports Programme 2021.

Minister Naughton said that it has been an “incredibly difficult” year for Regional airports, and that this funding would help them remain sustainable “as they plan to move beyond the largest exogenous shock that the sector has ever faced.”

“I am pleased to say that this year’s funding has also taken climate objectives into account for the first time, representing an important step in the process towards the ‘greening’ of Irish Airports.

“I am confident that today’s allocations, coupled with the impending funding to address the impacts of Covid, will help airports regain their foothold in the aviation market when recovery begins.”

Many of the projects being supported incorporate valuable climate benefits, such as the replacement of vehicles with more efficient, low emission equivalents and the replacement of airfield and external lighting with LEDs.

Other projects funded include new safety and security systems which incorporate more energy efficient components, as well as components that are recyclable at the end of their service life.