Cork Airport has awarded the main construction contract worth EUR 10 million for the rebuilding of the airport’s main runway to Colas Limited, a leader in the field in the design, maintenance and construction of transport infrastructure. 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 10-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 EUR 40 million is being invested in Cork Airport between 2020-2022 to upgrade the critical infrastructure at the Airport of which the main runway reconstruction, a new Electrical Sub-Station and a new Hold Baggage Security screening system, constitute the major partsThis runway at Cork Airport typically has more than 22,000 commercial aircraft movements annually and in addition facilitates thousands of smaller aircraft using the country’s second biggest airport each year. Cork Airport had 2.6 million passengers in 2019, which was a rise of 8% on the previous year. This made it the Republic of Ireland’s second largest airport and the fastest-growing airport on the island of Ireland. Before Covid-19, Cork Airport served 57 scheduled routes with 9 airlines. Cork Airport is currently serving 15 routes (at lower frequency than normal) operated by Aer Lingus, Ryanair, KLM, Lufthansa, SWISS and Air France.