Ireland West Airport has appointed businessman Arthur French as the new chairman of the airport. The appointment comes as long serving chairman Joe Kennedy announced he is to step down from his current role as chairman to become Honorary President of the airport.

A native of Claremorris, Arthur established his own company, French Estates, in Co. Kildare in 1975, which has been involved in numerous property, land & development sales. Last year,  Arthur was appointed as the Honorary Consul to Kazakhstan in Ireland and is currently working on economic relationships between the two countries. 

He has been a board member of Ireland West Airport since 2006.

Welcoming the appointment of Mr French, outgoing chairman Joe Kennedy told Midwest News that he has been honoured to serve on the board of the airport since 2002. Over those years passenger numbers through the airport have grown from 200,000 annually to 750,000 last year (2017).

He says Arthur brings vast business experience to the position of chairman of the airport and he knows the airport will be in very capable hands under his stewardship.

Arthur French told Midwest News that he is delighted to be appointed as chairman of Ireland West Airport Knock. He said the board is deeply indebted to Joe Kennedy for over 16 years of service, showing determination and unwavering commitment in developing and growing the airport to what it is today.

Mr French concluded that he is “committed to continue to deliver on the airport’s  role as a key economic driver for the West and North West of Ireland and is looking forward to working with the airport team, Government and local and regional stakeholders in a new era for the airport’.


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