Sale of Weston airport is confirmed

WESTON Airport has been sold, the receiver of the company confirmed.

WESTON Airport has been sold, the receiver of the company confirmed.

The receiver, Kieran Wallace, confirmed that the airport, once owned by businessman, Jim Mansfield, has been sold.

While Mr. Wallace did not say who bought it, the Leader understands that a Galway based engineering company or its owners, have bought the airport.

Conneely Building and Civil Engineering, based in Ballinasloe, is believed to the new owner but this cannot be confirmed at the time of going to press.

In April 2012, it emerged that around 20 bids had been received following the adverstisement for sale of the airport by NAMA which put the former Jim Mansfield owned site in Leixlip and South Dublin into receivership in April 2011.

Sales agents Savill’s put 256 acre site on sale in two lots at a guide price of €3m in total.

It included 228 acre airport site at €2.25m and a 28 acre site including Weston Park House and stables, which had a guide price of €750,000.

The price was a quarter of the €12 million, it is believed Jim Mansfield paid former owner Captain “Darby” Kennedy for it some years earlier.

The Mansfields left the Board the board of the Weston company in May 2011 after NAMA appointed the Receiver. Premier Aviation was contracted to run the airport. John McCallion, a partner in Premier Aviation, along with Alan Nee and Clane resident, John Finn, took over the management. Weston employed around 85 full/part time staff.

- Henry Bauress