A newly-resurfaced runway is opening at Ireland West Airport in Knock today.The Government has invested 11 million euro into the upgrade.

The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar will perform the official ribbon cutting ceremony at the facility around lunchtime, to mark the opening of the newly-resurfaced runway.

It was mainly-funded by the Government, which is spending 11million euro to upgrade the 2.5 kilometre runway under Project Ireland 2040, to ensure it continues to meet strict regulations. While the airport has invested 2.8 million euro in the project.

2019 will see record passenger numbers at Knock, with over 800,000 people expected to travel through the airport this year.

The Taoiseach will travel from Knock airport to Castlebar to officially open a second building at Fort Wayne Metals. He will then make his way to Ballina, where a Digital and Innovation Hub is being developed at the Military Barracks, and his final stop is in the village of Shrule, to take part in Culture Night celebrations.

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