Dublin-Weston gets green light

Dublin-Weston/EIWT has secured the green light for an upgrade in terminal facilities at the airport.

The airport has secured the go-ahead from South Dublin County Council after Stripe co-founder, John Collison and a group of investors purchased a majority stake in the business.

Major investment is already reflected in almost every aspect of the airport & includes additional ARFF & GSE, new boundary security fence, upgraded internal road & foot paths, crew & passenger facilities, staff facilities, new drainage, & additional operations staff. 

The airport site straddles the Dublin-Kildare border and lies to the west of Lucan and south of Leixlip & had easy access to Ireland's motorway system.

In planning documentation lodged with the application, Senior Planner at Tom Phillips + Associates, Bernard Dwyer told the Council that following the purchase of Weston Airport & the adjacent National Flight Centre in 2021, "the current operators are seeking to modernise & enhance the existing airport facilities".

Mr Dwyer explained: "The current proposed upgrades are being sought to create a more coherent unified facility with improved linkages between the various buildings."

Mr Dwyer said that the proposed improvements to the entrance and the inclusion of the arrivals & departure vestibules "are intended to create a more coherent and rational layout to the ground floor building".

The senior planner further stated that the proposed ancillary café and seating area at ground floor level is intended to complement the existing restaurant & bar facilities at first floor level.

The planning submission states that the National Flight Centre at Weston is one of Europe's most respected and longest established flight academies.

The existing flight training centre is located in a hangar building located close to the terminal building & a "proposed covered walkway between the two buildings will allow for greater comfort for individuals travelling between the two buildings".

Advancing the case for the application, Mr Dwyer states that "the proposed development will enhance the operational efficiency as well as the safety & security of Weston Airport".

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