Ireland West Airport Knock has been granted just over half a million euro in Regional Airports Programme funding.

The announcement was made by Galway West TD and Minister of State at the Department of Transport Hildegarde Naughton and forms part of €1.6 million for regional airports.

Deputy Naughton says this investment represents an important step in the process towards the ‘greening’ of Irish Airports.

It will support a Master Plan for Carbon Reduction at IWA Knock and an extensive vehicle replacement programme.

Replacement vehicles include electric aircraft tugs, baggage conveyors, special assistance passenger transport vehicles, an incident support vehicle, an airfield patrol vehicle, a runway maintenance vehicle, a rescue vehicle, and hybrid ground power units. 

Funding towards an electric aircraft refueler is also being provided.