KNOCK was the big winner yesterday when the Government announced €86m in capital grants for Ireland's six regional airports.
Ireland West Airport (IWA) at Knock received €27m, which will be spent on a new aircraft parking area and an extension to the existing terminal building.
Liam Scollan, the IWA managing director, welcomed the news.
He said: "This, together with the relocation of the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs here, the development of the Western Road and Rail Corridor, and the new impetus to driving tourism growth in the region forms part of an overall picture of increased confidence to invest in the growing success of the West of Ireland."
Waterford Airport was the next big winner yesterday. It received €22.3m, including €13m for a runway extension and other improvements.
Kerry Airport will receive almost €17.7m, including €13.1m for the development of the terminal to facilitate more short-haul traffic.
Sligo airport is to get €8.5m, which will be used to improve runway safety. Galway Airport was allocated €6.3m, including €3.5m which will be spent on development works. Donegal Airport will get €3.8m.