Four regional airports awarded €1.94m in grants

Knock and Kerry airports biggest beneficiaries of capital grant scheme

Ireland West Airport Knock was the biggest beneficiary of capital grants on this occasion. The airport was awarded more than €1.1 million.

Ireland West Airport Knock was the biggest beneficiary of capital grants on this occasion. The airport was awarded more than €1.1 million.

 

Four regional airports have been awarded capital grants totalling €1.94 million, Minister for Transport Shane Ross announced on Friday.

The capital grants are to be used for safety- and security-related projects and are granted where an airport would not be in a position to recoup the cost of a particular project without Government support.

The most significant grant allocation went to Ireland West Airport Knock, which received more than €1.1 million, while Kerry Airport was awarded more than €769,000. Waterford Airport, which has just announced that commercial flights will resume from July, received more than €39,000. The smallest grant in this allocation went to Donegal Airport, which received €22,500.

In the first quarter of this year, Knock airport carried 134,221 passengers while Kerry carried just over 59,000. Figures for Donegal Airport were not available, while Waterford did not carry any commercial flight in the first three months of this year.

A spokesman for Kerry Airport commended the Department of Transport, saying it had been “very supportive of funding requirements of airports”.

Ireland West Airport Knock chairman Joe Kennedy echoed that sentiment, saying the funding would “assist the airport in undertaking important safety- and security-related projects and the upgrade of existing equipment at the airport in 2017”.

Commenting on today’s grant allocation, Mr Ross said it demonstrate the Government’s “continuing financial support for safety and security measures at these airports”.

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