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Waterford's New Runway Still Too Short?

Posted: Sun May 13, 2007 10:29 am
by newboycork
Hi all,

A politician in Waterford is claiming that the soon-to-be extended runway at Waterford is still to short for Ryanair's 737-800s. See: ... =16032&t=0

Is there any substance to this or is it general election fever gone mad? The politician in question, or at least his canvassers, is claiming this is a deliberate move to keep O'Leary out.

Posted: Sun May 13, 2007 7:11 pm
by flywaterford
Ive been told that the Runway is big enough for Ryanair's 737 and the A320. Im sure if it was true they could just add the 2 metres anyway down in the 03 side.

Posted: Tue May 15, 2007 10:07 pm
Do you think the airport would be that stupid, I don't think so they have being planning this extension with a long time so they will know the length of runway needed. This is just another ploy by politicians to get votes

Posted: Tue May 15, 2007 11:23 pm
by Flyer1
Bahh, we have enough as it is.

Posted: Wed May 16, 2007 11:01 pm
by Dogbiscuit
Passed through there today, two Gulf 4 s on the ramp !

Posted: Wed May 16, 2007 11:46 pm
by Hoss
You mean a Gulfstream 4SP and a Gulfstream 5 - N1JN. :shock:
and BTW Ryanair would probably need 2,000mtrs, allowing for displaced threshhold etc. also a large wad of cash for 'route promotion' etc :lol:

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 9:01 pm
by dowlingm
Isn't it also that FR bought low rated engines for the 738 fleet since they have a longer lifespan? I seem to remember something about that when LDY was at issue.

Posted: Wed May 30, 2007 7:54 pm
by OW wright
Ryanair has confirmed that the ?27.5 million upgrade of Waterford airport, including a runway extension, will not be enough to persuade Ryanair to resume services at the airport because the runway will still be too short by 2 metres, Fine Gael Waterford candidate Cllr Jim D'Arcy has revealed.

EI-WAT wrote: This is just another ploy by politicians to get votes

Maybe ,but it's Ryanair who is saying the runway is too short . Sounds like more crap from Ryanair, honestly if a 3,000 meter runway and a state of the art passenger terminal was built , Ryanair would still find something to complain about :roll: .

Surely two meters isn't going to prevent commercial aircraft from operating safely from EIWF.

"Ryanair has confirmed to me that 'it would be unwise to make the investment unless the improved technical characteristics met the requirements of potential airline clients'. Unfortunately the runway needs to be 2 metres longer to persuade Ryanair to resume flights from Waterford. This is particularly ironic given that Ryanair ran its first scheduled passenger service from Waterford to London Gatwick in 1985.

Sounds like they there not really interested in operating flights from EIWF but are going to make it sound like someone else is to blame.

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 8:28 pm
by Lambada Crazy
You also have to think.

Does the airport want ryanair???

ok they will boost the pax numbers and everyone will be happy getting cheap fares, but at the end of the day the airport will get nothing from FR the only way to make money would be from facilitys, like car parking restaurants etc


Waterford Airport

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 8:50 pm
by Swords Flyer
I'm delighted that Waterford is being giving the funding to allow it to expand. It makes a huge difference to the state of the airport a few years ago when closure was a real possibility.
I wish all the team every sucess in the exciting future the airport has.


Paint Job ?????????

Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 12:28 pm
by Nidata
Ah Lads ! :lol: no offence now but the oul paint job aint the best on the runway in Waterford either.

Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 9:21 pm
by Dogbiscuit
What's wrong with the paint job...its white...the boxes are in the right places....I think...Its looovvvvly

Anyway new runway in a few years so won't be like that for long.

Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 8:25 pm
by Flyer1
Nothing wrong with the paintjob... It works.