Clare T.D. and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen has today (Wednesday) welcomed the inclusion of the State Airports Bill in the Government’s Spring/Summer legislative programme which was published today.
“I very much welcome the fact that the State Airports Bill which will establish the Shannon Group plc has been included in the Government’s Spring/Summer legislative programme. The State Airports Bill is one of 42 Bills which the Government intends to publish during the Spring/Summer period.”
“The turnaround at Shannon Airport since the Airport became an independent entity in the past 12 months has been dramatic. For the first time in five years, passenger figures for 2013, confirm that the Airport has reversed the decline. 1,400,032 passengers travelled through Shannon Airport last year, up from 1,394,781 in 2012.
And the prospects for 2014 are even more positive given the boost which the Airport is set to receive from increased Transatlantic and European Services. Aer Lingus is restoring their all year round transatlantic services while United Airlines are increasing their Chicago capacity by 88%. Ryanair is adding 8 new routes to their network and Aer Lingus Regional is commencing a new Bristol service whilst enhancing their capacity on their Manchester and Birmingham services.
This legislation will copper fasten these developments at the Airport and it is also important in terms of attracting further aviation related industry here which would provide much needed job opportunities in the Region.
I am looking forward to publication of the Bill and to contributing to the Debate when the Bill makes its way through the Dail.
Details of the Bill underneath
State Airports (Shannon Group) Bill To establish a new State-owned commercial entity (Shannon Group plc), incorporating Shannon Airport Authority and Shannon Development and to provide for the adoption by Ireland of the Cape Town insolvency regime in respect of aircraft assets