Re: Re: Airports; how many state subsidised airports are required in Ireland
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@Angry Rebel wrote:
The airport gets the same amount per passenger as if it was a “normal” unsubsidised service.
2 – Many of the subsidised routes operate early morning and late evening sectors to facilitate business travellers and connections (although the report indicates the importance of connections is exagerated). These timings are classified as “out of hours” times, for which the airport charges are vastly higher.
This looks to be a significant factor. In relation to Knock, the report says:
6.5.2: Financial Impact on Airport
Knock operated for many years outside the EASP, and the service represents only 5.3% of its
passengers. However the service is very significant financially for the airport.
Data from the airport company indicate that in 2002 income from the EASP service was
â‚¬660,000, or 52% of total flight income.
On the subject of Knock, is it not a large part of the problem? Cork can generate a couple of million real passengers, even if we might wonder at why â‚¬160 million was spent on a terminal if there was no prospect that income from passengers would cover even half the cost.
But Shannon exists only on its right to hijack every second transatlantic flight, and the current military traffic. Take than away, and whatever hope it has of attracting custom is undermined by Knock and, to a lesser extent, Galway and Kerry. There are simply too many airports on the Western seaboard, with the result that none of them has sufficient scale to make any real contribution to regional development.