To ask the Minister for Transport and the Marine if funding will be made available to the mid-west region following the introduction of Open Skies; if so, when it will be made available; the person who will have responsibility for the management of the fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday, 26th September, 2007.
Ref No: 20448/07
Answered by the Minister for Transport
My Department is currently finalising an Economic and Tourism Development Plan for the Shannon Airport catchment area. The Plan has been prepared in consultation with the Department of Finance, the Department of Arts, Sport & Tourism, the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment and the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. The purpose of the plan is to ensure that the region is well placed to respond to the challenges and opportunities emerging in the context of full liberalisation of the transatlantic aviation market and the phasing out of the Shannon Stop as envisaged under the EU-US Open Skies Agreement. I hope to bring the Plan to conclusion shortly.