Re: Re: Airports; how many state subsidised airports are required in Ireland
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I would like to see some north-south development cooperation on Derry City airport. This could provide truely excellent access to Donegal and the Northwest generally. I realise that derry already does, but I feel given donegal’s isolated position that it could do with a little support from the government in the republic too.!
The Irish Government supports both City of Derry Airport and Donegal Airport.
During 1998 and 1999 safety improvements were undertaken at the airport with funding coming from both the British and Irish governments and Derry City Council, as the airport serves much of North-West Ireland.
In May 2006, the EU Commission gave the green light for the Irish and British governments to invest â‚¬15 million in the airport.
The airport started operations in 1986 and was developed with funds and assistance from the Irish Government, private investors, Donegal County Council, the International Fund for Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund. In the 1990’s the runway was extended to 1,500 metres and a new terminal building with modern navigational aids and equipment was added.
Aer Arann remains the only scheduled airline using the airport. They receive Public Service Obligation funding from the Irish Government to subsidise the route to Dublin, a contract that was renewed in 2005.