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Eirtrade Aviation Ireland Ltd Seeks Permission To Construct New Hanger At Ireland West Airport Knock

By Dave Simpson
Eirtrade Aviation Ireland Ltd Seeks Permission To Construct New Hanger At Ireland West Airport Knock

Eirtrade Aviation Ireland Ltd has lodged a planning application with Mayo County Council for the construction of a new aircraft hangar at Ireland West Airport Knock.

Eirtrade Aviation Ireland Ltd is a global technical asset services and trading company, the key focus of which is optimising client asset value by providing specialist end-of-life engine and aircraft solution services. The company, which has been operating from an existing hangar facility at Ireland West Airport Knock for the past 10 years and is seeking to expand the scale and scope of its services to its customers, currently partners with some of the world's leading airlines, leasing companies and MROs in providing aircraft disassembly services catering for ATR 737CL/NG, A320, A321, MD83,  A380, A319 and A380 aircraft.

If approved, Eirtrade's proposed new development at Ireland West Airport Knock will involve the construction of an aircraft hangar, an adjacent ancillary aircraft storage area and a new vehicular access road onto the R376 as well as additional ancillary and associated site works within the strategic development zone at the airport. The proposed new hangar would have the capability to accommodate multiple aircraft types including an Airbus A380, which is the largest passenger plane in the world.

If the planning application is successful, it will enable Eirtrade to seek tenders from suitably qualified contractors for the construction of the hangar in 2021, and the project will support up to 110 jobs during the construction phase and a further 100 jobs once operational.

"A Very Positive Development"

In a statement published on Ireland West Airport Knock's website, the airport's chairman, Arthur French, said, "This is a very positive development for the west of Ireland, and the airport looks forward to working closely with Eirtrade in the coming months in progressing this project to a successful conclusion, resulting in the creation of a significant large scale aviation hangar at the airport, with the follow-on benefits for the region of longer-term quality employment in the aviation services sector."


"A Hugely Important Step In Creating An Aviation Hub In The West Of Ireland"

Meanwhile, Eirtrade Aviation Ireland Ltd CEO Ken Fitzgibbon commented, "This application is a progressive step for the Eirtrade business in Ireland West Airport. The construction of a new hangar will be a hugely important step in creating an aviation hub in the west of Ireland, and we are very excited to work with the airport on this project. We have established a great working relationship with the airport over the past ten years, and this planned development will be an expansion of our existing business, helping create a supply line for other aviation services, enabling us to handle increased volume and size of aircraft. Our ongoing pipeline is extremely strong and we have got huge support from the aviation leasing community."

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