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Airport Guide


Airport Developments

The Airport Development Fee has been a major contributor to the successful completion of the following projects at the airport:


New Terminal BuildingOverlay of Aircraft ApronCar Park UpgradesTerminal Building Expansion


Perimeter Fencing & Inspection Road Construction
This project was completed in summer 2007 on time and under budget, and is a key airfield safety enhancement required by ICAO.
CAT II ILS (Instrumentation Landing System) on Runway 27
This project involved implementing CAT II ILS on Runway 27 in 2008 to enhance the precision approaches which will reduce the possibility of diversions due to poor weather and low visibility conditions.  This project was completed in April 2009 and is now fully operational.
Terminal Building Expansion
The first extension was undertaken in 2008 and completed in March 2009 and provides additional check-in, security screening and departures capacities and facilities.
Runway End Safety Areas and Turnpads Enhancements
This project involved a major upgrade to the runway at Ireland West Airport Knock by extending the existing runway end safety areas of the runway and increasing the aircraft turning circles for both Runway 27 and Runway 09.  This project was completed in March 2009.
Equipment & Systems Upgrade
This project involves the purchase of additional ground handling, security and safety systems and equipment to enhance the services provided by the Airport.
Passenger Apron Overlay
This project involved the complete overlay of the passenger and aircraft apron.  The project was completed in November 2010.
Aircraft apron & Taxiway upgrades
This Resurfacing of the aircraft apron and taxiway.  This project was completed in November 2010.
Live flight information display
This Integration of live flight information screens at the airport and on www.irelandwestairport.com.  This project was completed in June 2009
Upgrade to car parking facilities
This Upgrading of car park facilities and new improved signage introduced. This project was completed in November 2010
Free Wi-fi
Free Wi-fi now available to passengers and meeters and greeters throughout the airport terminal.  Further enhancements to this service will be available in late 2015
Business Lounge
The construction and opening of a new Business Lounge in the departures hall area to cater business and leisure passengers offering refreshments, free wi-fi and additonal services.
Departures Area enhancements
This Re-design and refurbishment of the departures area creating increased circulation space and re-design and rebranding of retail, catering and bar facilities.  This project was completed in July 2013.
Visitor Information centre
The construction of a new tourist information centre in the main terminal to improve tourist services for incoming visitors to the region. This was completed in May 2013
Online booking system
This project sees the introduction of a new online booking platform facilitating pre booking of car parking and the business lounge at Ireland West Airport Knock. This project was completed and launched in October 2014
Runway Enhancements
This project saw the extension of the existing Runway End Safety Area and increases to the aircraft turning circle for Runway 09 to comply with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) requirements. This project was completed in 2014.
Upgrading of Passport Control and customs facilities
Upgrading New Passport Control and customs screening area and immigration screen Point, improving passenger flow & processing times. This project was completed in 2014.
Air Traffic Control enhancements
Upgrading of Air Traffic Control Consoles and related equipment. This project was completed in 2015.
Enhancement of fire & safety training facilities
Upgrading of the fire and safety training facilities at the airport including new full sized training aircraft to simulate real time exercises. This project was completed in 2015.
Integration of new airport wide CCTV system
Installation of an airport wide CCTV security camera system, across the airport facility, providing enhanced security and safety measures for passengers, staff and members of the public using the airport, This project was completed in 2015.
New security screening equipment
New explosive trace detection equipment and full body scanners at security screeing area, to comply with International security legislation. This project was completed in 2015.
Planned future projects include:
  • Apron Extension - This project will be undertaken in two phases. Phase I will see the apron capacity doubled through the development of three additional aircraft stands. Phase II will see the extension of the apron capacity by a further three stands to accommodate the projected growth in passenger numbers and aircraft using the Airport