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Thursday, 7 November 2013

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Regional Airports

Photo of Denis NaughtenDenis Naughten (Roscommon-South Leitrim, Independent)
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54. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will report on his discussions with the management of Ireland West Airport, Knock; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46848/13]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Minister, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport; Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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Recent discussions with the management of Ireland West Airport Knock (IWAK) have taken place through the Study Group, which comprises a broad range of parties interested in the development of the Airport and was established, under the Chairmanship of Deputy John O'Mahony, following a meeting of the Airport Board with the Taoiseach, Minister of State Ring and myself.  

The Group is, inter alia, examining how best the future of the Airport can be secured; exploring options for the survival and growth of the Airport and examining how  the Airport can best support industry and tourism in the catchment it serves. They are considering how the airport can be further developed taking account of available funding and competition rules and having regard to the implications for other regional airports.

Work by the Group is ongoing.  After their most recent meeting, I understand that the Group is endeavouring to finalise its report and submit it to the Taoiseach and myself before Christmas.

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