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What papers are you referring to, I always keep and eye on the papers and have seen nothing new for months.
Are you sure that your are not just listening to stories from "the club".
At the moment Waterford does not need and extension, the ATR72 operates fine on its current lenght.
Also getting the "go ahead" and "having da money" are two different things !!
fundraising drive among the private sector to finance a ?10m runway
extension, with a view to landing commercial jets at Waterford within three
Frank O'Regan, Vice-President of Bausch & Lomb, this week backed his Genzyme
counterpart Mark Bamforth in calling for scheduled flights from Waterford to
Mr O'Regan, a former President of the local Chamber of Commerce, said that
"well-timed flights would help alleviate the difficulties being experienced
by business travellers who have no real alternative at present to using the
inadequate Waterford to Dublin road".
A planned meeting by Genzyme executives prior to the opening of the company'
s ?125m plant expansion in Waterford had to be cancelled last week when
their jet was diverted from Cork to Shannon because of fog.
The runway at Waterford airport can only take turbo-prop and light jet
planes. IDA Ireland have long since pointed to the airport's access and
commercial traffic constraints as a barrier to attracting inward investment.
An extension of the runway at Killowen to cater for larger passenger jets,
including 737s, has long been mooted. Six years after making a submission
for Government funding, airport chairman Nicky Fewer says the board is to
renew fundraising efforts for the ?10m or so needed to extend and widen the
runway - from its current length of 1433m (x 30m wide) to, ideally, around
2000m (x 45m) - over the next two to three years.
Aer Arann have previously said they would consider a Waterford-Dublin
service. The carrier already flies daily between the capital and a number of
regional airports, such as Kerry, Galway, Knock and Donegal, which have a
PSO (Public Service Obligation) licence for the Dublin route.
However, the EU Commission has previously rejected proposals for a PSO link
between Waterford and Dublin on the grounds that the distance involved is
relatively short and that the route was 'adequately served by other
Meanwhile, land CPOs for the long-awaited upgrading of the section of the
airport road outside the city boundary were published by Waterford Co
Council this week. The 5.1km realignment from Killure to just south of the
airport entrance/business park at Ballygarran will cost over ?8m.
Designed to take an eight-fold increase in traffic, it will also link the
airport to the new outer ring road and, eventually, the N25 city bypass. Mr
Fewer says the project - which will match the already upgraded 1.9km city
section from St John's Park - will "really help to integrate the airport"
with the rest of the city.
The location of Waterford Airport was a re-occuring local media topic a few years ago, I think it is accepted (locally) that it is where it is and with local road improvements on the way access will get a lot better.
Anyone care to put a price on a new green field airport with a 2000m runway. Imagine the reaction of the NIMBYs........
It will be interesting to see if the mooted runway extension get the support from the government.
Care to point to more recent ones ?
Hard to know I could guess about 20 million for a basic regional construction. It has been said that there will never be any government funding for another airport in Ireland, one reason that a site has never been developed in Kilkenny.
Any new airport would have to be private funding - then again 20 million is not mutch these days.
LadJet wrote:Merda taurorum animas conturbit !
The runway will come ...
Don't they lay a runway ? on less of course they've collected the tokens from a box of cornflakes and sent away for it.
anyway "praestat sero quam nunquam"
see what you've started Flyer1
I have to say EIWF is a nice spot to fly into and been close to the Wales makes it a good spot to stop on way to the UK.
Long may it remain friendly to General Aviation !
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