Welcoming the news that the Cabinet has approved the State Airports (Shannon Group) Bill paving the way for its publication in the coming days, Clare T.D. and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen T.D. said today (Tuesday) that the legislation will copper fasten Shannon Airport’s future as a Centre of Excellence for Aviation Activity.
“Firstly I would like to thank the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar T.D. for his on-going commitment to Shannon Airport. The approval by Cabinet paves the way for the publication of this Bill which will put in place the new structure for Shannon Airport. This new structure will allow the Airport to continue to increase traffic, create jobs and support development in the wider Region.
When this Government came to office, the Airport was in terminal decline but within 12 months of becoming an independent entity, this decline has been reversed and investor confidence in Shannon Airport is now at an all-time high amongst tourism and business interests not only in this Region but right across the International Aviation Sector.
The long list of additional services which are available from Shannon Airport this year are testament to the Airports stronger position. The additional capacity provided by the restoration of Aer Lingus year round transatlantic services, combined with United Airlines and Delta Airlines services and the new Ryanair and Aer Lingus Regional European and UK Services will further boost passenger traffic into the Airport this year and given the launch of the Wild Atlantic Way has the potential to deliver many more visitors into this County, which is good news for the tourism industry here.
This Government is committed to supporting the transformation at Shannon. As well as putting in place the new structure, the abolition of the travel tax and the provision of funding aimed at
stimulating aviation activity through the Enterprise Ireland Competitive Start Fund will play a critical role in developing aviation related business in this Region.
I am looking forward to the publication of the Bill in the coming days and to participating in the Debate when the Bill comes before the Dail.”