Donegal Airport to receive €580,000 in grant payments

The stunning view as you drop down on to the Wild Atlantic Way at Donegal Airport.

The Minister of State for Transport, Ms Hildegarde Naughton announced the payment of €3.4 million in grant aid towards the operating costs of three regional airports – Donegal, Kerry and Ireland West Airport (Knock) – under the Government funded Regional Airports Programme.

The grants are targeted at vital safety and security operations at the airports such as air traffic control, fire services and security, ensuring airports can continue to remain compliant with regulatory requirements in these areas.


Today’s announcement is in addition to almost €2.5 million in capital grants already allocated to these airports in July this year.  That funding supported an airfield maintenance and upgrade project at Knock and the installation of Explosive Detection Systems (EDS) units at Kerry and Donegal.

Minister of State Naughton said the funding will go some way towards helping our regional airports remain financially sustainable.

“In addition to today’s funding, I also announced further supports for these airports on 10th November when Government agreed to a revised supports package of €80m for Irish aviation.  As part of that announcement, in order to safeguard the viability of these airports, Donegal, Kerry and Knock will be eligible to receive up to €6m in supplementary supports next year to make good the impacts of Covid in 2020”.

The operational grants announced today to each of the airports are as follows:


Airport Grant Allocation (€)
Donegal 580,617
IWAK 1,353,859
Kerry 1,499,564

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