Parliamentary Questions: Airport Subvention Payments

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.

Posted under Parliamentary Questions, Public Expenditure & Reform, Tourism, Transport

Parliamentary Questions: National Car Test

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

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he has received recommendations from the Road Safety Authority following its consultation on roadworthiness testing of vintage vehicles; when the recommendations will be published and a decision made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry  Buttimer

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will consider returning to the pre-2010 rolling 30 year exemption from roadworthiness testing for vehicles insured and taxed as vintage vehicles and used for social and domestic purposes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer

For WRITTEN ANSWERS on  Tuesday, 31 March 2015

REPLY

The review by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) of the arrangements in relation to the roadworthiness testing of vintage vehicles will be examined by my officials for submission of recommendations to me which I will consider in due course.

Both the National Car Test and the Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test are important preventative measures that continue to make a significant contribution to road safety in this country. The days of having large numbers of unsafe vehicles using our roads are largely gone as vehicles are tested to the highest international standards and I want to ensure that we do not go back to those days.

However, I appreciate the value of the vintage and veteran vehicle movement to the heritage and cultural life of our country. I am advised that none of the recommendations contained in the RSA’s review would involve those who currently enjoy an exemption from compulsory testing, that is, those owners of cars and motor caravans first registered prior to 1stJanuary 1980 and used for social and domestic purposes, being brought within the compulsory roadworthiness testing regime.

Posted under Parliamentary Questions, Transport

Parliamentary Question: Airport Promotion

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

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the strategy his Department and / or Fáilte Ireland have in place to promote Cork Airport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer

For WRITTEN ANSWER on  Tuesday, 10 March 2015.

REPLY

The Deputy will be aware that daa has statutory responsibility to operate, manage and develop both Dublin and Cork Airports and any strategy to promote Cork Airport is a matter for DAA and Cork Airport management.

However, I am of course aware and concerned at the continuing decline in passenger numbers at Cork. I understand that daa and Cork Airport management are working hard to stabilise numbers and return Cork Airport to growth.  daa is actively engaged with existing airline customers and potential new entrants to help expand traffic at the airport and to generate new services.

Specifically in relation to tourism, Tourism Ireland is the north/south body with responsibility for the overseas promotion of Ireland as a tourism destination, while Fáilte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority, has responsibility for encouraging, promoting and supporting tourism as a leading indigenous component of the Irish economy – including through domestic tourism marketing.  Accordingly, I have referred this question to the two tourism agencies for direct reply on any specific marketing strategies involving Cork Airport.

Ultimately, creating new services and growing inbound tourism depends not just on the availability of competitive access but also on ensuring that potential visitors have a reason to visit.  I would urge all the stakeholders to work together to develop the various tourism products in the region.  The stakeholders, along with the Airport and the tourism agencies will then be better able to pursue every opportunity to develop and highlight those products. It is only in working together that the objective of ensuring a sustainable airport able to grow in the future can be achieved for the benefit of the region.

Posted under Parliamentary Questions, Tourism, Transport