The runway at Knock Airport is to undergo an upgrade as part of a €15 million investment, which also includes the creation of new passenger facilities, upgrades to terminals and other infrastructural work.
€10 million will be allocated to the revamp of the 30 year old runway in a bid to extend its operational life by 15-20 years and increase the classification number of its pavement to allow for the accommodation of "current and future anticipated aircraft size", reports The Irish Times.
The existing runway instrument landing system will also be upgraded to enable "enhanced navigation", with all of the runway lights being converted to LED illumination.
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Commenting on the above investments, Knock Airport managing director Joe Gilmore said they "will make the airport more efficient, provide greater flexibility and resilience to the passengers and ensure an even more comfortable and easier journey through the airport. This is especially important at a time when we are experiencing passenger growth and working with our airline partners to introduce more choice in services for our customers."
The upgrading of the runway, along with the rest of the proposed upgrades, is planned to start in 2019.