Since its closure back in November 2013, Galway Airport has remained a deserted eyesore.
Nearly eight years later, Galway Airport is now being converted into a film and television studio as planning permission has been given the go-ahead.
The airport, which was closed due to its 1289-metre runway being too short for most commercial airliners, will be transformed into Atlantic Studios which aims to begin operations by summer 2022.
The announcement has been met with a positive welcoming, as it’s expected that the development will boost attraction for international film and television projects in the west of Ireland.
The 40,000 square foot hangar building at the airport will be converted into a creative film and television studio space and it’s hoped that the development will become a media hub for production companies in the future.
The project was set up by Danú Media with the support of Údarás na Gaeltachta along with a range of industry shareholders.
The development is expected to create in the region of 150 jobs as well as providing a multi-million euro boost to the local economy.
While also welcoming the development, Galway Chamber of Commerce CEO Kenneth Deery stated that the media and the creative industries are significant employers for Galway and the region while adding, “Danú Media have been huge ambassadors in the west and the support locally is a significant step in the right direction for this project at the old Galway Airport.”