An early look at a new aircraft that could help deliver goods to Cork’s airport is due to take place next week.RTE has been in discussions with a number of potential partners to build a new transport system for Cork Airport, which is now under the control of a new management team led by Transport Minister Leo Varadkar.
The Eagle transport is due for delivery in Cork’s CBD next week, following on from a similar announcement last month.
The service will be based in a former aircraft storage shed on Cork’s northside, which was built in the 1970s to house aircraft, including the last major production of the Curtiss Supermarine Spitfire fighter jet.
Its predecessor was also built at the former airfield, which dates back to the 1940s.
Rear Admiral Mark Stacey, the man responsible for the planning and design of Cork Airport’s new airfield and airport terminal, said the new system was part of a wider effort to provide Cork Airport with “more efficient and more efficient use of its assets”.
“This new system will also deliver greater convenience and convenience to the public, which will have a real benefit to the local economy,” he said.
Reeves is a modern aircraft manufacturer and the company has operated at Cork Airport since the early 1990s.
The company, which has a presence in Dublin, is currently working with RTE and Cork City Council to plan for the Eagle transport’s use, which could include new terminal facilities, additional parking and other improvements.
The plans for Cork’s new airport terminal were unveiled by RTE chief executive John Collins in January.
The new facility will include a new main terminal, which can accommodate up to 50 aircraft, a new terminal with two additional taxiways and a new flight path connecting the airport with a new service hub in Portlaoise, the city’s main commercial hub.
A new terminal is expected to cost around €30 million.
“We believe that the Eagle Transport will enable Cork Airport to continue to be the hub for commercial aviation in the city, and will have significant benefits for the city as a whole,” Collins said.
“It will also be a major step forward for the development of the city and its airport, as well as being a significant contributor to the city centre as a regional hub for international tourism.”
The Eagle Transport is due in Cork for trial service next week and a decision on its viability will be made at a later date.
There have been several proposals for the new Cork airport since it was built, including a scheme by French airline Air France to operate a high-speed jet service from Dublin to Paris.