Knock Airport allocated €4.76 million in funding

Galway Daily news €5 million funding for Knock Airport includes state of the art screening system

Ireland West Airport at knock has been awarded €4.76 million in funding this year under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025.

Galway TD and Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton has today announced a total of €16.4 million for five airports, with Shannon Airport also receiving €4.34 million.

Deputy Naughton said that today’s announcement builds on “unprecedented” support for the aviation sector during the COVID-19 crisis.

Last year alone saw €161 million in funding allocated to Ireland’s airports. “I am delighted today to be building on this commitment, as Irish aviation enters the recovery period,” Hildegarde Naughton said.

“Today’s announcement represents Government’s commitment to continue to support Ireland’s regional airports to remain financially sustainable as they prepare for growth into the future.

“This capital funding will support a great number of safety and security related capital projects, ensuring that airports can continue to remain compliant with regulatory requirements in these areas.”

A significant number of the projects approved this year have a focus on sustainability, through initiatives such as installing solar panels and energy efficient LED lighting.

Proposals also include replacing airport vehicles with electric models, and installing EV charging points.

Airports eligible for funding under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025 will also be able to apply for operational grant-aid later this year.

This €22 million pot is aimed at supporting air traffic control, fire services and security related operations.