Written answers

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Public Service Obligation Services

Photo of Lucinda CreightonLucinda Creighton (Dublin South East, Independent)
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33. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport in view of his announcement to extend the public service obligation contracts for flights to airports in counties Donegal and Kerry from Dublin, if he will now revisit previously discontinued PSO agreements for airports in counties Galway, Sligo and Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46333/14]

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael)
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A Government Decision to reduce to two the number of routes covered by PSO air services, namely the Donegal/Dublin and Kerry/Dublin routes, was taken in line with the Value for Money Review of Exchequer Expenditure on the Regional Airports Programme, published in 2011. This Review took account of a number of factors including the performance of the services, the requirement to make best use of scarce Exchequer resources, as well as improvements in alternative transport modes and changes in EU legislation covering PSO services. There are no plans to revisit that decision.


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