Any DAA offers on a New Year Financial aid package to Airlines to launch new routes from Dublin Airport must also apply to Shannon Airport – BREEN.

January 8th, 2009 - Pat Breen
Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen said today that any New Year DAA offers on financial aid packages to Airlines must also apply to Shannon Airport. Deputy Breen’s comments follow today’s media reports that the DAA is planning to offer significant financial incentives to airlines that launch new routes from Dublin Airport in 2009.

“Today’s media reports suggests that the DAA is set to launch a New Year Blitz on Airlines offering €450,000 in marketing support over a two-year period for new long-haul services and €100,000 for new routes to Europe with airlines being offers discounts on airport passenger charges for between 3 and 5 years.”

“Only last week the Transport Minister postponed the proposed break-up of the three Airports, however, he has not outlined how the Airports are going to be structured in the interim and how the issue of governance is going to be addressed. The Minister must clarify this situation as soon as possible.”

“Passenger numbers have fallen significantly at Shannon in recent times. According to the latest figures on movements available from the Irish Aviation Authority the total movements at Shannon are down to 39,413 a drop of 12.2% to date while traffic at Dublin Airport has shown a 0.8% increase over the same period. While the return of the Heathrow Route is a welcome boost there is no doubt but that 2009 will be even more challenging for Shannon.”

“Now that Shannon Airport is to remain under the umbrella of the DAA however I want to see the DAA give the same commitment and energy to the expansion of services at Shannon Airport. If a New Year Financial package is been proposed for Dublin Airport then a similar scheme should be implemented at Shannon.”