Lagan Airport Maintenance in runway deal
A company within Lagan Specialist Contracting Group has won a contract to upgrade the runway at Ireland West Airport.
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Lagan Airport Maintenance won the tender as part of a joint venture, LCJV, with Clare Civil Engineering Company.
The project will cost €11.2m, with the airport - formerly known as Knock Airport - putting up €2.8m.
Around three-quarters of the cost is being met by the Republic's Department of Tourism, Transport and Sport.
The joint venture has started preliminary work, with the main resurfacing to start in May.
The runway opened in 1985 and handles all flights at the airport - including the arrival of Pope Francis in August.
"LCJV are thrilled to be appointed to deliver the runway rehabilitation contract at Ireland West Airport," said Steve Turner, director of Lagan Airport Maintenance.
"LCJV have an experienced and highly skilled team who are looking forward to working with the full project team to carry out the essential infrastructure works enhancing the lifespan of the runway for many years to come."