Ireland West Airport has won funding of €4.7m, towards Capital expenditure (CAPEX) projects, from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

The funding is intended to support critical safety and security projects under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025. The Programme provides for Exchequer support for critical safety and security projects as well as financial backing for the airport's sustainability initiatives as Ireland West undertakes work on projects connected to its commitment of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Key safety- and security-related projects to be supported by this funding include: a major upgrade of the airport's electrical infrastructure across the entire airport campus; the construction of a new Fire Training Centre; the purchase of a new fire tender vehicle; and runway end safety area upgrades

The airport will invest over €1m to support the completion of these projects in addition to the Exchequer funding. 

Arthur French, Chairman, Ireland West Airport, said “We welcome today’s announcement of funding by the Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton, which 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 future proofing the airport and ensuring our facilities meet the needs of our customers as we prepare for a significant increase in demand for international travel this summer and for the remainder of 2022.”