Tuesday, 16 November 2021
Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions
I thank the Deputy. I fully agree with his sentiment on the importance of Shannon Airport to the mid-west region. I acknowledge his continued support for, and his regular advocacy in respect of, the continued development of Shannon Airport. As the Deputy is aware, on budget day we announced a €126 million aviation funding package, of which €90 million will be made available in a very short period to time to the State airports, namely, Dublin, Shannon and Cork airports.
The same methodology was used in respect of the €20 million already provided to State airports this year. In addition, funding of €36 million will be provided next year to support regional airports and public service obligation air services through the regional airports programme. It is significant that due to reduced passenger numbers and as a direct result of Covid, Shannon Airport and Cork Airport are eligible for supports under this programme. I agree with the Deputy that the recovery will be gradual and the Government will be there to support Shannon Airport and the other airports on that journey in the period ahead.