Regional Airports programme

  • Government funding of €1.35 million has been allocated this morning for Ireland West Airport Knock.

    The grant aid will go towards the operating costs of the airport - under the Regional Airports Programme, and is targeted at safety and security operations, such as air traffic control, fire services and security.

    Speaking to Midwest News this morning, the Minister of State for Transport Hildegarde Naughton acknowledged that this €1.35 million is part of the funding announced in the Budget for the Regional Airports Programme.

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    The new Regional Airports Programme for the period 2021 to 2025 has been published today by the Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton.

    This year, Ireland West Airport Knock, Donegal and Kerry airports are eligible to apply for funding under the programme, which has a budget of €21.3 million in 2021.

    The focus of the programme is to help Ireland’s smallest airports, those that handle less than 1 million annual passengers, to maintain regulatory compliance in the areas of safety and security. 

    Galway-based Minister Naughton has been giving more details to Midwest News...