Written answers

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Landing Rights

Photo of Seán CroweSeán Crowe (Dublin South West, Sinn Fein)
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520. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of requests his Department have received from civilian aircraft carrying munitions to land at Shannon Airport or pass through Irish airspace in 2013; the number of permits issued for both the use of Irish airspace and Shannon airport to land; the reasons for rejecting the requests for which permits were not granted; and the breakdown of countries from which the requests were made and the permits were granted. [10811/14]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Minister, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport; Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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The Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order, 1973 prohibits the carriage of munitions of war by civilian aircraft without a permit granted by the Minister under Section 5 of the Order.  My Department consults the following organisations on all applications: the Irish Aviation Authority on air safety, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade about foreign policy, and the Department of Justice. Where objections are raised permits are refused, usually based on the nature of the cargo.

Copied below is a table outlining the statistics for 2013.

-No.
Applications received 714
Cancelled, Duplicated or Withdrawn7
Applications Refused14
Applications Granted693
Flights landing in Ireland357
Overflights336

The vast majority of requests came from USA airlines. Applications also came from airlines from the UK, Ukraine, Turkey and Portugal. The vast majority of those flights landing in Ireland, landed at Shannon.

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