Re: Re: Airports; how many state subsidised airports are required in Ireland

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@Angry Rebel wrote:

That’s a good point, but a bit disingenuous as the report also says that staffing costs in relation to EASP services amount to &#8364]I might be reading the report wrong, and you might have the correct interpretation of the figures. But I took their statement

On the other hand, the company claims that staffing costs related to the service amounted to €553,000 in the same year, or 35% of the total wage bill. Assuming these numbers are correct, and that the EASP wage costs are avoidable, the airport would be at a loss of some €107,000 per annum if the service were lost. If some wage costs turn out to be unavoidable in the short to medium term, losses to the airport would be greater.

to be an implicit suggestion that Knock Airport’s statement that 35% of their staff costs related to the 5% of passengers on the EASP route needed to be taken with a pinch of salt.

vkid wrote:
Once you go a certain distance outside Dublin in any direction, the difference is incredible infrastructurally + economically. A lot of people in that region don]For decades, Governments have, in one sense or another, stated their objective as promotion of development away from Dublin and into the regions. The National Spatial Strategy is the latest expression of this, and repeats the mistake of establishing too many potential growth centres as the problem is that every county wants to be a growth centre, meaning no one location can generate the necessary scale to compete with Dublin.

To address the deficit you speak of needs concentration. Bear in mind that the only Airport in the country with grossly insufficient capacity is Dublin. The regions, by and large, have the infrastructure they need. What is lacking is a policy based on promoting concentration in the regions, as has often been said.

But there has yet to be an example of a successful execution of such a policy. Consider the fate of the Hanly report, and the difficulties of attempts to bring some coherence the delivery of cancer services and lessen the dependence on Dublin based services. They flounder because of an inability to get such a strategy through the political system, as every rock in the road wants to get or keep its totem.

In this thread, I think people are making a reasonable fist of trying to get a grip on the issue. As I see it, the point at issue is really becoming the perennial problem on a different scale. In one sense, what we are struggling with is if it is feasible even to have more than one centre outside Dublin. In that situation my vote is for Cork, on the grounds that it might have some chance of being executed coherently. The whole Limerick-Galway thing quickly gets extended into a Limerick Sligo thing and then a Limerick Letterkenny thing and before you know it the idea of concentration has been lost.

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