Re: Re: Airports; how many state subsidised airports are required in Ireland
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From the Irish Indo today. This lobby group want to blow 44m on a ‘promotional fund’ which involves what exactly? Posters all over Europe saying ‘Come To Shannon’. And what of the remaining 9m…not sure what that is for but we can be reasonably sure it will be blown on some other hair-brained scheme. SNN has a future, but its cost structure is out of whack given that a more competitive environment now exists. I for one feel that SNN could really make a go at being a great base for a low-cost transatlantic operator and/or the likes of FedEx/UPS/DHL, etc. Not a good sign however when the SNN lobby’s first reaction to the prospect of open skies is to go running back to the government with cap in hand asking for another bailout to keep everything sweet, for a few more years at least. If they focused their energies on actually making the airport competitive, then they would be much better off.
â‚¬53m plan to sustain ‘open skies’
TRANSPORT Minister Martin Cullen was yesterday presented with a â‚¬53 million five-year action plan aimed at ensuring Shannon does not lose its transatlantic business following the ending of the Shannon stopover.
The controversial phased ending of the stop-over begins in November and in response to Ireland reaching agreement with the United States last year, Mr Cullen proposed the drawing up of a Tourism and Economic Plan to sustain Shannon’s transatlantic business in an “open skies” environment.
A full “open skies” commences in April 2008.
The Mid West Regional Authority’s plan seeks to achieve a tourism promotional fund of â‚¬44m from government funds, said Alec Fleming, chairman of the steering group which drew up the plan.
Good post and no matter how much money they waste on promotion Shannon will never be a destination in itself and a low cost transatlantic model may give it some hope and in a good idea however the vultures are slowly but surely gathering and further government subsidy is only putting off the inevitable.