THE chairman and board of Waterford Airport has welcomed the announcement of funding approval for the lengthening and widening of the airport’s runway by Government.
This investment will secure the future of Waterford Airport and allow it to compete for international carriers using jet engine aircraft.
Work will commence immediately on progressing the runway extension and a planning application will be lodged for the extension of the northern end and the runway widening.
Funding from a combination of private investors, local authorities and the Government will deliver the additional infrastructure subject to the agreement of existing airport shareholders at an EGM to be held shortly. The proposal is also subject to formal approval by the local authorities in Waterford, Wexford and Kilkenny.
Dan Browne, chairman of Waterford Airport, said: “The extension of the runway at Waterford Airport is a game-changer for the future of Waterford Airport and the southeast region we serve. It represents a departure in regional aviation in Ireland with the private sector and local authorities acting in partnership to bring a new commercial focus to airport operations.”