DAA Investing Over €40m In Three Major Projects At Cork Airport
DAA, the owner of Cork and Dublin airports, is investing over €40 million in three major projects in Cork Airport in the next three years.
Improvements to the hold baggage screening system, a new electrical substation next year, and the rebuilding of the only jet-capable runway over a period of 10 weeks are all included in the project.
Cork Airport Project
In a statement on the Cork Airport website, the group said that "Given the low volumes predicted for this year (c200,000 passengers) versus the much higher volumes predicted at Cork Airport next year (over 1.5million passengers) we are progressing two of these operationally significant and major capital investment projects this year to get them completed with the minimum of disruption."
The first stage of the project is already underway with the upgrading of the hold baggage security screening system.
This €12 million investment is nearing completion and will be commissioned this month.
Next on the agenda for the airport is the group's largest construction project since the building of the new terminal and ancillary buildings in 2005 and 2006.
The reconstruction of the main runway will be completed over a 10 weeks from September 12 - November 22.
The group stated that it will be open this summer for any flights that are operating before completing the runway project over a short 10-week off-peak period.
Cork Airport stated that the work will be finished in time "to reopen for what we plan will be a busy Christmas and a bumper 2022."
Overall, the upgrades will be the fastest large-scale construction project in the country in recent years.
It will be completed in 12 months from initial funding approval to the completion of the main works through an extensive EU tendering, design, regulatory approvals, and construction programme.
The group had the option to carry out the works later next year at night over 9 months, but the group said this "would have affected much more passengers, flights, and impacted significantly on our airline customers operations."
It is estimated that the reconstruction works will extend the life of the runway and ancillary infrastructure by 15 years and position Cork Airport for recovery and future growth.
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