Flights to London City a boost for business and tourism in Cork – Buttimer

Wednesday, 1st July 2015

  • CityJet announces 18 weekly flights between Cork Airport and London City Airport

CorkAirport2New CityJet flights connecting Cork directly with London City Airport is a boost for both business and tourism in Cork. Each week there will be an extra 18 flights that provide increased connectivity with an important economic centre. It is another new route for Cork Airport that again increases flight options for Cork for those using the airport.

London is a critical hub for Cork airport and increased capacity on the route will benefit everyone who uses the route. Recently we have received guarantees on connections to Heathrow, now we have new direct links to another London airport, both of which are important developments for Cork Airport and the region.

Now that this new flight is secured we must ensure that the new route is marketed and that Cork is promoted as a destination. We need to increase the number of inbound passengers using Cork Airport. This places an onus on tourism partners in Cork to develop a unified marketing strategy to promote the county internationally. We have a great product and this new flight linking Cork Airport and London City Airport shows the potential that the region has. To realise this potential we need Failte Ireland and the two Councils to fast-track their plans for developing a new marketing strategy for Cork.”

ENDS

Posted under Cork, Cork City, Tourism, Transport

European funding for Port of Cork will support local economy – Buttimer

Tuesday, 30th June 2015

  • €12.7 million for the Port of Cork from EU’s Connecting Europe Facility
  • Funding to be used for phase one of Ringaskiddy Port Redevelopment Project

AerialRingaskiddy1The Port of Cork is a crucial to our economy and this funding from Europe will ensure that it continues to serve businesses in the Cork region and support job creation for years to come. This €12.7 million will be used to part fund the first phase of the Ringaskiddy Port Redevelopment Project which was given the go-ahead by An Bord Pleanala in May.

The redevelopment of the Port of Cork will ensure that future connectivity needs are met. We need a port that facilitates business and economic expansion, the plans that are in place will deliver on this front. It will enable the Port of Cork to continue as a vital regional and national port that plays an important part in the overall European transport network.

As well as benefitting the economy the development of an expanded container terminal will also create much needed direct employment. This will create new construction jobs as this project is developed benefitting many families in Cork.

For two centuries the Port of Cork has supported our local economy and provided an economic link to the world. The future plans for the Port and this funding will help to ensure that it continues to serve our local community for many more years to come.

ENDS

Posted under Carrigaline, Cork, Cork City, Development, Economic, Transport

Parliamentary Question: State Airports

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

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he recognises that reducing passenger numbers at Cork Airport needs to be addressed by a change in aviation policy; the measures he plans to take in order to assist in facilitating an increase in passenger numbers at Cork Airport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer

For WRITTEN ANSWER on 17, June, 2015.

REPLY

The draft National Aviation Policy, which I intend to publish before the summer recess, sets out Government policy in relation to Cork Airport’s role as a key tourism and business gateway for its region, making particular reference to the development of key niche markets.

In line with the policy, our focus has been on exploiting the opportunity to grow inbound tourists to the Cork region, particularly in view of the fact that only 37% of Cork Airport’s passengers are inbound.

Following the successful ‘Grow Dublin Taskforce’, both local authorities, with Fáilte Ireland, are progressing a similar initiative to prepare a cohesive strategic plan for the development of Cork’s tourism potential. This strategy will focus on identifying and addressing Cork’s opportunities for growth and is due to be completed by November.

DAA, along with Cork Airport management, are also working to stabilise passenger numbers and return Cork Airport to growth.  Indeed, following on from the Government’s decision in relation to the IAG/Aer Lingus issue, I understand that there will be an announcement shortly with regard to a new service from the Airport.

However, local support in the region is a crucial component of any initiatives to reverse the current decline. It was disappointing that lack of support for the planned Cork-Prague and Cork-Ibiza routes was the reason cited by Czech Airlines for its decision not to commence operations on the routes.

The National Aviation Policy cannot address the issue of local support for the Airport. That is a matter for the people and businesses in the region. However, such support is critical to ensure the Airport’s future sustainability.

Posted under Cork, Parliamentary Questions, Tourism, Transport