Runway reconstruction

Cork Airport has awarded the main construction contract for the rebuilding of the airport’s main runway to Colas Limited, part of the International Colas Group


Around 250 construction and supply jobs will be created onsite during the project, including a number of local specialist sub-contractor roles. Mobilisation and preparatory site works will begin at night immediately, without impacting the Summer flight schedule at the airport. The main construction works will follow on a 24/7 basis over a ten-week period from September 13. Construction of the new runway will be completed by November 22 in advance of the busy Christmas travel period.

Over €40 million is being invested in Cork Airport between 2020-2022 to upgrade the critical infrastructure, of which the main runway reconstruction, a new Electrical Sub-Station and a new Hold Baggage Security screening system, constitute the major parts. Colas was awarded the contract following an extensive EU tender process. The project to reconstruct the main runway (16/34) is being supported by Government funding of €10 million from the Department of Transport, with the balance of the funding coming from Cork Airport’s parent company, daa plc, to complete the project.

The reconstruction of Cork Airport’s main runway will be the fastest large-scale construction project undertaken in the State in recent years – 12 months from funding approval to the completion of the main works – encompassing EU tendering, design, regulatory approvals and construction.