To ask the Minister for Transport and the Marine if he has consulted with his Cabinet colleagues to ensure the rapid provision of the promised marketing package for the midwestern region identified as essential in the context of Open Skies; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Dinny McGinley. (Nominated by: Fergus O'Dowd).
For ORAL answer on Thursday, 18th October, 2007.
Ref No: 24375/07
Answered by the Minister for Transport
My Department has prepared 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 and will be finalised in the context of the forthcoming Budget.
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.