New National Aviation Policy To Benefit Dublin Airport

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Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, recently launched a new policy for the Irish aviation sector. This is the first time the State has launched a Policy of this kind, and is set to benefit airports around Ireland, including Dublin Airport.
The main features of the new policy include: The maintenance of aviation safety as the number one priority, the promotion of Dublin Airport as a secondary hub, with the necessary infrastructure to meet projected traffic growth, and supporting the roles of Cork and Shannon airports as tourism and business gateways in their respective regions.
Speaking at the launch, Minister Donohoe pledged the Government’s support for the further development of the aviation sector, saying:
‘Aviation matters. It matters to the Irish economy, it matters to consumers, and it matters to this Government. I’m glad to say that in line with our very healthy economic recovery, the aviation sector in Ireland continues to grow strongly. Last year 25.5 million passengers used Ireland’s airports – up seven per cent on 2013 and total flights in Irish airspace grew by 2.7 per cent. This trend looks set to continue with a record 15 per cent increase in passenger volume at Dublin Airport reported for the first half of 2015.
“By 2020, we expect Irish airports will handle in the region of 33 million passengers and Irish aviation has to be ready to deal with the challenges ahead in this changing global environment. The implementation of this Policy will be a key priority for my Department”, Minister Donohoe concluded.