Ireland West Airport Knock is to receive €504,750 in funding as part of a new Government package.
Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton T.D., has today announced the allocation of almost €1.6 million in Exchequer funding to regional airports under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025.
“I am pleased to say that this funding will support a Master Plan for Carbon Reduction at Knock Airport, an External Lighting Project to replace high energy consuming lighting at Kerry Airport and an extensive vehicle replacement programme at both Knock and Kerry Airports. This will see 20 vehicles being replaced by electric models. This funding represents a strong commitment by Government to help Ireland’s regional airports move towards carbon neutrality,” said Minister Naughton.
Replacement vehicles include electric aircraft tugs, baggage conveyors, special assistance passenger transport vehicles, an incident support vehicle, an airfield patrol vehicle, a runway maintenance vehicle, a rescue vehicle, and hybrid ground power units. Funding towards an electric aircraft refueler is also being provided.
Local Tds have welcomed the funding announcement for Knock.
“I have highlighted the devastating impact of the global pandemic on our regional airports in particular Ireland West Airport Knock, but thankfully Government remains committed to ensuring that the aviation sector can maintain the necessary core capability to retain strategic connectivity,” said Fine Gael TD Alan Dillon.
I am very pleased to see the Government once again recognising the importance of our regional airport and providing this substantial capital funding to it. The Government has stated that this investment represents an important step in the process towards the “greening” of Irish Airports,” added party colleague, Deputy Michael Ring.