Ireland starts consulting stakeholders on regional airports
DUBLIN, Ireland – Ireland on Friday published an Issues Paper for Consultation on the development of the country’s next Regional Airports Programme.
The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross said Friday, the publication is an important step in the process to replace the current Programme, which will expire at the end of this year.
“Inclusive and informed policy development is dependent on timely engagement with key stakeholders and I look forward to receiving people’s views on government policy in this area,” he said.
“The paper provides the framework to allow us to invite views on the effectiveness of current support measures, but we are also asking for respondents to consider the need for something different.”
The Issues Paper describes the structure of existing programme supports and grant schemes and provides a brief outline of the aid framework that is currently in force in respect of airports and airlines.
The Minister said he hopes the consultation will contribute to the design of optimal, cost effective measures in support of regional airports, but will also align to policy objectives in other areas such as regional development, connectivity, sustainability, and climate impacts.
“Securing best value for money in the deployment of Exchequer funds will also be crucial,” added the minister.
Key stakeholders and interested parties are being asked to contribute their views between now and 30 September 2019. Ross says he has has undertaken to consider all submissions, before reverting to government later this year with a draft Regional Airports Programme to cover the period 2020 to 2024.
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