Questions to the Minister for Transport, Tourism, and Sport (Mr. Paschal Donohoe, TD)

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount of the operational subvention paid, on an annual basis, to each airport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the legal basis for public service obligation contracts for air services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the annual amount paid under public service obligation contracts for air services, broken down by airport, airline and route; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer

For WRITTEN ANSWERS on 28, April, 2015.

REPLY

The level of Exchequer supports paid to the regional airports under the Core Airport Management Operational Expenditure Subvention (OPEX) and the Capital Expenditure Grant (CAPEX) Schemes, along with the payments made directly to airline operators on the routes under the Public Service Obligation (PSO) Air Services Scheme for the years 2011 to 2014 is set out in tables.

OPEX 2011 – € 2012 – € 2013 – € 2014 – €
Donegal 42,630 111,417 0 0
Galway 2,309,191 0 0 0
Kerry 950,000 550,000 436,918 507,224
IWA Knock 431,907 589,644 654,576 548,600
Sligo 386,535 0 0 0
Waterford 1,272,071 1,232,964 1,121,399 1,038,784

 

OPEX 2011 – € 2012 – € 2013 – € 2014 – €
Donegal 2,111,313 0 339,474 431,759
Galway 222,944 0 0 0
Kerry 399,348 1,633,946 740,958 133,156
IWA Knock 233,282 699,007 2,013,023 1,925,413
Sligo 237,531 0 0 0
Waterford 795,582 1,333,830 361,686 533,220

 

PSO 2011 – € 2012 – € 2013 – € 2014 – €
Loganair/Aer Arann (Donegal/Dublin) 4,719,428 3,451,683 3,598,803 3,701,291
Stobart / Aer Arann(Kerry/Dublin) 359,721 917,964 4,021,261 4,061,373
Loganair/Aer Arann(Derry/Dublin) 2,857,753 0 0 0
Aer Arann(Galway/Dublin) 2,190,078 0 0 0

The legal basis for the PPSO Air Services contracts is Council Regulation (EU) No. 1008/2008 on common rules for the operation of air services in the Community.