In 2007, Ireland West Airport Knock launched its five year infrastructure development programme, investing in a major extension project on the existing terminal and its related facilities to allow the Airport to comfortably handle up to 1 million passengers.
€27.1 million was granted to the Airport by the Irish Government towards an overall €48 million planned expenditure, the single largest investment ever in the history of the Airport. This comes as a major boost to driving the future growth and development of the Airport and the region, with plans to carry out the following infrastructural projects by 2012.
- 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 will provide 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.
- Upgrade to Security camera Systems
- The upgrade included the integration of 35 state of the art modern infrared and fully visual digital cameras, up to date real time recording technology and the latest video capture capability allowing real time issues to be addressed by management and security staff at the airport on an immediate basis.