Ireland West Airport has welcomed the world’s biggest passenger aircraft as the Aircraft A380 touched down in the west on Thursday.
The Airbus A380 is the largest passenger aircraft to ever land at Ireland West Airport. Although it won’t be taking off again.
The giant plane was retired from Air France this week and made its final journey to Ireland to be disassembled.
The aircraft, which has a capacity for 868 passengers, will be parked and stored at Eirtrade Aviation Limited, the global technical assets services and trading company.
Eirtrade, as part of its ongoing business at the airport, has completed similar projects on the Boeing 737, 757 series aircraft and Airbus A320 families which has proven their capabilities in the area of complex disassembly for an international customer base. It is expected that this will lead to further similar projects in the near term for the facility at Ireland West Airport.
This is also a significant development for Ireland West Airport as it recently completed the rehabilitation and overlay of the main Runway and has received zoning approval for a Strategic Development Zone for the land bank in and around the airport.
The Airport Board are continuing discussions with Government and its stakeholders in regard to the construction of a large hangar facility that would support the further development of aircraft disassembly, repair and maintenance at the airport which in turn would lead to the creation of an aviation hub and significant job creation in the North West of Ireland on the Atlantic.