Summer lift-off for Waterford Airport runway extension
Work to extend the runway at Waterford Airport could begin as early this summer after it was confirmed planning permission for the project will be lodged next week.
The proposed €12 million project will be paid for by a €5 million capital funding grant from the Government, a combined €2 million injection by the local authorities in Waterford, Kilkenny and Wexford, with the remaining €5 million to be generated among a group of local businesses.
CEO of Waterford City and County Council, Michael Walsh confirmed at a meeting of the council this week that they will be going ahead with the planning application this week with a view to beginning construction in the summer.
The runway upgrade is being carried out to try and attract international airlines to the South East. The funds will be used to extend the current length of the runway from 1,433 meters to 2,280 meters.
When completed the airport will be able to cater for large commercial planes such as Boeing 737s and Airbus 320s.
Despite this progress, it emerged at the meeting that the board of directors set up with the announcement of funding for the project, has not met since the funding announcement was made. Mr Walsh said it is his intention to hold a meeting of directors in the coming weeks.