- Largest portion of funding for airfield rehabilitation
- Two sustainability projects also funded
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Aviation and Tourism Cathal Crowe has welcomed the allocation of €4,623,486 in capital funding to Shannon Airport.
Minister of State for Transport Jack Chambers has confirmed the funding today, as part of his visit to the Midwest airport.
“This is a hugely welcome announcement for Shannon, for Clare and the Midwest region as a whole,” said Deputy Crowe.
“The largest portion of funding will go towards airfield restoration, which will build on a five-year upgrade to the airfield completed last week.
“This is the most essential part of the announcement as it ensures that Shannon is capable of taking in aircraft safely and effectively.
“There is also further investment of €396,000 in the security screening section for equipment upgrades.
“This, combined with the extensive new screening system rolled out 18 months ago, means Shannon has one of the most up to date systems available.
“Last summer, Shannon Airport announced plans to spend €22m on three new airbridges and this project will be enabled to continue, with an investment of €1.3m for these works.
“Finally, over €600,000 has been ringfenced for two sustainability projects – €450,000 to continue the upgrade of water supply system, and €158,736 for electric vehicles to replace some of the existing airport vehicles.
“It is, I believe, particularly welcome to see a positive development for Shannon in light of Vueling’s recent decision not to maintain its Shannon to Paris Orly route that launched last year.
“An investment of €4.6m in improving facilities at Shannon can only encourage other airlines to look to our airport for future route planning.
“The future is bright for Shannon Airport and this investment is indicative of that.”
|1.||Airfield Rehabilitation Project||No||CAPEX||2,250,000|
|2.||Continuation airbridge replacement programme||No||CAPEX||1,368,750|
|3.||Continuation water supply system upgrade||Yes||CAPEX||450,000|
|4.||Replacement of 4 airport vehicles with Electric Vehicles||Yes||CAPEX||158,736|
|5.||Security Screening Equipment Upgrades||No||PPR-C||396,000|