Ireland West Airport at Knock has been awarded €5 million in funding which will be used for major upgrade projects this year.
The funding under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025 will be used to upgrade electrical infrastructure, runway safety works, and a new fire engine tender.
It will also be used to improve the airport’s security through new baggage x-ray and security screening systems, and the installation of new central search security equipment.
The announcement was made this week by Minister for State with special responsibility for aviation Jack Chambers as part of a €17m investment in capital projects for regional airports in Ireland.
In addition to the exchequer funding announced today, the airport will invest over €1 million to support the completion of these projects.
Arthur French, Chairman, Ireland West Airport said this this funding, “Will assist the airport in undertaking critically important safety and security related projects this year.”
“This funding will support the latest phase of our airport transformation programme aimed at both futureproofing the airport and ensuring our facilities meet the needs of our customers as we prepare for a record summer flight schedule.”
“In particular the introduction of the new state of the art security screening system later this year will make the experience for passengers using the airport an even quicker and more seamless one and we expect this will be received with great enthusiasm and delight by passengers.”
The new screening system will allow to keep their liquids and electronic devices in their baggage when going through security, making the process far more efficient.
This will also allow the 100ml restriction on liquids passing through security to be lifted, a change that it sure to be welcomed by holidaymakers.
In addition, upgrade and essential maintenance works are almost complete for the airports upstairs Sláinte Restaurant which plans to reopen before June.