One of the main points of arrival for tourists to the North-West of Ireland, Sligo Airport, is to have its runway extended.

The airport which is based at Strandhill, 6 miles from Sligo Town, currently handles three inward and three outbound flights per day.

The runway extension works will involve a 225-metre (738 feet) extension of the runway eastwards and will involve the reclamation of some lands at Dorrin’s Strand.

The runway extension work is to be carried out in order to comply with current International Civil Aviation Organisation standards.

It is believed the runway extension works will allow larger, jet-engined aircraft, carrying up to 90 people, to land and take off from Sligo Airport, which will in turn open the possibility of longer flights, originating at Sligo Airport, going to a UK destination.

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