Minister Ross announces €3.85m in capital grants for Regional Airports

Monday 28 May 2018

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross T.D., announced today that he is allocating €3.85 million in Exchequer grants under his Department’s Regional Airports Programme to the airports in Donegal, Ireland West Airport Knock and Kerry.

This represents the 2018 allocation of funding for regional airports and the grants will go towards capital investments in the areas of safety and security at the airports.

The allocations announced today to each of the airports are as follows:

Minister Ross announces appointment of new Chairman of the Board of daa plc

Tuesday 08 May 2018

Mr. Shane Ross, T.D., Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport today announced the appointment of Mr. Basil Geoghegan as the new Chairman of daa plc. Mr. Geoghegan is expected to formally take up the three-year appointment following his appearance before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport.

Minister Ross welcomes first direct air service to mainland China

Thursday 15 March 2018

Mr. Shane Ross, TD welcomed today’s announcement by Hainan Airlines of its plans to launch a Beijing-Dublin service commencing on the 12th of June 2018, the first direct service from Ireland to mainland China.

“The Government, my Department, the Irish Embassy in Beijing and a number of State agencies, including Tourism Ireland, have taken numerous steps in recent years to support the introduction of direct air services between Ireland and mainland China.

Future development of Dublin Airport and new arrangement for regulating airport noise

The Government today noted progress on the building of a new runway at Dublin Airport and reaffirmed its support for this hugely important piece of national infrastructure. Passenger growth at Dublin Airport has rebounded incredibly strongly over the last number of years, as the economy has recovered and grown, and the need for additional capacity is now clear and urgent. Dublin Airport is a key enabler for our economy, and the international connectivity opportunities afforded by a new runway are vital to future prosperity, especially in a post-Brexit environment.  

Stobart awarded PSO air contract for next four years

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, announced today that Stobart Air will operate the two Public Service Obligation (PSO) air routes linking the airports in Donegal and Kerry with Dublin for the next four years. The current PSO contract for these two routes expires at the end of this month and the new contract will operate from 1 February 2018 until 31 January 2022.

US Preclearance

US Preclearance in Ireland allows US-bound passengers to clear all US entry controls (immigration, customs and agriculture) prior to departure, such that on arrival there they have the same status as passengers arriving from a US domestic airport and thus face no further entry controls.   The US Preclearance facility is a very valuable arrangement for Ireland, as well as being of benefit to the United States.


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