MORE than €5m worth of airfield rehabilitation works are due for completion this week in Shannon Airport. Clare Civil Engineering was put in place for the project in a move which created 40 new jobs.

The work involved three separate areas of the airfield: the resurfacing of the executive jet and light aircraft park, the extension of a section of the apron which facilitates aircraft for the loading and unloading of cargo, passengers and for refuelling, and the resurfacing of the long-term aircraft parking area.

Shannon Airport’s director of operations Niall Maloney said: “The €5.35 million project, which was 50% funded by the Department of Transport will future proof the airport’s airfield and enhance operations. We are extremely grateful for the funding support from the Department of Transport that has enabled us to complete this project.”

“We are in a period of rebuilding and recovering at Shannon Airport, following severe global travel restrictions. This time has allowed us to focus on key elements and provide longevity to the airport infrastructure, developed for our aircraft and associated operators,” he added.

The head of engineering at Shannon Commercial Properties, Grainne McInerney added: “Over the past 18 weeks a team has worked extremely hard to ensure our airfield rehabilitation project is completed. We would like to thank our design consultants RPS Consulting Engineers, and Clare Civil Engineering Company Ltd who carried out this remedial work.”

It brings total investment in upgrade works at the airfield in the last five years to €20m. The project follows a major upgrade to the airport’s runway in 2017 which saw the resurfacing of the Shannon Airport runway, the replacement of runway edge and centre line lighting with energy efficient LED lighting and other associated works.

From the Limerick Leader

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