Longford Leader Business: Increased investment at Ireland West Airport

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Ireland West Airport

A planned increased investment for Ireland West Airport is on the cards as part of the Project Ireland 2040.

“We welcome the Government’s announcement by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, of a commitment for increased investment into the airport as part of the Project Ireland 2040,”Joe Kennedy, Chairman of the airport said.

“In particular we acknowledge the continued Exchequer support that is planned under the Regional Airport’s Programme for the overlay of the main runway and an apron safety extension as outlined in the National Development Plan 2018-2027.

“While the funding level has yet to be finalised and the application is with the EU Commission for its consideration, we are confident that with Government’s support funding at a 90% level can be obtained for both of these projects.”

Mr Kennedy went on to acknowledge the Government’s recognition of the airport as one of the four main airports in the country.

“In addition to this the airport’s designation as a Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) last year has also been highlighted as critical to the long-term development of the airport and the regional economy in the National Development Plan,” he continued.

“We also are pleased that the National Planning Framework highlights the Atlantic Economic Corridor initiative and recognises the significant role of Ireland West Airport in tourism and enterprise development, with the potential for further growth. taking into particular account of the airport’s designation as a Strategic Development Zone (SDZ).

“We look forward to working with Government on the above investment projects in the coming months which will support the airport’s future growth and development plans.”