Waterford Airport Runway Extension Granted Planning Permission

Waterford Airport has been granted planning permission by An Bórd Pleanála for an extension of its runway.

Waterford City and County Council applied in 2020 for permission to extend the runway from 1,433 metres to 2,287 metres.

It is hoped the funding can now be raised to complete the project and make the airport viable and attractive to commercial airline carriers.

The project is expected to cost about €12m, with some of the funding to be provided by a number of business interests in the South East.

CEO of Waterford City and Council Michael Walsh welcomed “the positive decision” from An Bord Pleanála.

CEO of Waterford Chamber of Commerce Gerald Hurley said:

“This is most welcome news and the penultimate chapter to a very long running campaign for us here at Waterford Chamber. Securing the necessary funding will continue to be a priority for us now.

“We have vigorously lobbied Government on this extension, right up to last week in fact, as it is one of the key requirements of many of our members in industry. We are one step closer to an Airport which will help the region in terms of attracting foreign direct investment and further expansion of existing companies. It will also play a key role in terms of tourism expansion for the region.

“There is still a way to go but today is a giant leap forward.”