Cork South Central Fine Gael TD, Jerry Buttimer, has welcomed the proposals for Cork Airport, contained in the report by Booz and Co. consultants, published today (Wednesday) by the Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar.
 
“The Minister has been proactive in attempting to secure a viable future for the three State Airports.  I welcome the publication of the consultants’ report as it provides the platform for clear decisions on the future of Cork Airport.
 
“When the Minister commenced his review of the three DAA airports, I met with local stakeholders and subsequently made a submission to the consultants.  Locally, there is recognition that the current structures are not best serving the potential for growth and expansion at Cork Airport. I made this point to the consultants and I am pleased that this is recognised in the report.
 
“The report recommends that Cork Airport is maintained in State ownership but that the DAA is restructured so that Cork Airport has greater autonomy.  This is vital if Cork Airport is to market itself and attract new business.
 
“Cork Airport has a large catchment area with many multi-nationals in the ICT and pharmaceutical sectors sitting on its doorstep.  If the Airport is given sufficient capacity to develop its own business it can drive further economic growth in the area. 
 
“The Minister has indicated that he will now fully consider the report and then outline his plans for the airports.
 
“After years of indecision, Cork Airport needs a definite plan so that it can develop and grow its business. I hope that the Minister continues his decisive actions and puts in place the structures to facilitate the growth of Cork Airport.”