Kerry Airport To Receive Over €1m In Funding

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MINISTER of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton T.D., has today announced the allocation of over €1m in Exchequer funding to Kerry Airport under the Regional Airports Programme  2021-2025.

Kerry Airport will receive €1,086,096 and Knock Airport €504,750 under the programme. The funding has been welcomed by Fine Gael Kerry Deputy Brendan Griffin and Minister for Education Norma Foley.

Announcing the allocations, Minister of State Naughton said: “I am delighted to approve these additional capital allocations. Today’s investment represents an important step in the process towards the ‘greening’ of Irish Airports.”

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Minister Naughton added; ‘I am pleased to say that this funding will support a Master Plan for Carbon Reduction at Knock Airport, an External Lighting Project to replace high energy consuming lighting at Kerry Airport and an extensive vehicle replacement programme at both Knock and Kerry Airports. This will see 20 vehicles being replaced by electric models.  This funding represents a strong commitment by Government to help Ireland’s regional airports move towards carbon neutrality.”

Replacement vehicles include electric aircraft tugs, baggage conveyors, special assistance passenger transport vehicles, an incident support vehicle, an airfield patrol vehicle, a runway maintenance vehicle, a rescue vehicle, and hybrid ground power units.  Funding towards an electric aircraft refueler is also being provided.

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