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Poor future prospects for Irish regional airports – any opportunity for a private sector saviour?

21-Oct-2010

For a variety of reasons Dublin Airport’s annual passenger traffic may have fallen from 24 million to 18 million over the last three years, but it still dominates the entire Irish aviation landscape, with its influence spreading into Northern Ireland. Amidst arguments over the efficacy of public service obligation routes connecting some of Ireland’s remote airports, the future seems bleak for most of them as Dublin is increasingly accessible by road. Dublin is only three hours from places like Sligo and Knock - and a Metro line to the airport is to be built that would connect at the main rail stations. Calls for some form of privatisation at some of the airports are becoming more strident, but would any investor perceive a long term future for them? [2647 words]

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Subheadings:

  • Squeezing out the competition
  • Ryanair asked to explain how it would increase Irish traffic if tourist tax is dropped
  • ‘PSO route subsidies no longer sustainable’ - Ryanair
  • Galway plans its own departure charge
  • 35.6% lost passenger traffic Jan-Aug 2010
  • Airport Authority and government organisation add to call for ‘independence’ from DAA
  • Too many airports?
  • Might the Scottish Highlands have the answer?
  • Breaking News

Graphs and data:

  • Map of Ireland
  • Shannon Airport passenger numbers: Jan-2010 to Jul-2010
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