Work has recently been completed on the initial phase of the airport's €15m facilities investment plan aimed at further improving the customer experience for passengers and transforming the airport over the next three years.
Over €4.5m has been invested in the first phase of improvements, which have been underway for the past 18 months covering new passenger facilities, terminal upgrades and infrastructural works across the airport facility and runway
The airport continues to invest, with the support of the Department of Transport, Department of Community and Rural Affairs, local authority stakeholders and our customers through their development fee contributions which has enabled the airport to reinvest in upgrading its facilities whilst ensuring compliance with Irish Aviation Authority requirements from a safety, security and operational perspective.
Phase one projects recently completed include the construction and remodelling of new toilet facilities at the airport, the remodelling of immigration and arrivals area creating increased circulation space for arriving passengers, covered aircraft passenger boarding stairs for passengers boarding and disembarking aircraft and an enhancement of the airport experience from a visual perspective helping to create a combination of a lighter and brighter passenger environment and contemporary look and feel throughout the airport terminal.
Other works carried out to date include an upgrade of the customer car park facilities, installation of new flight information display screens, extension to the fire station at the airport, enhancement of retail and catering facilities and an upgrade of the runway lighting system.
The local economy has benefited from this latest programme of developments with local contractors and suppliers from across the region being utilised where possible to carry out the works creating much needed jobs in the west.
Phase two of the airport transformation programme has commenced in the last few weeks and will involve the completion of the following major projects over the coming 18 months, to include, the opening of a new state of the art Visitor Discovery Centre in the terminal building, upgrading of air traffic control equipment the remodelling and upgrading of the airport departures area and further enhancement works to the airport's car park.