Dublin airport cannot thrive at Shannon’s expense

Shannon Airport

SHANNON Airport cannot be forgotten about as the go-ahead is given for a third terminal at Dublin Airport as part of Project Ireland 2040.

That’s according to Munster Fine Gael MEP Deirdre Clune who said that Shannon and Cork cannot be abandoned while Dublin airport thrives.

The only Irish member of the European Parliament’s Transport Committee, she questioned the details announced by Transport Minister, Shane Ross in relation to the possibility of Dublin Airport getting a third terminal.

“Mr Ross said a future report on air travel in Ireland will address the possibility of a third terminal at Dublin Airport. Will this come at the expense of Cork and Shannon? Ireland cannot become a one airport nation.

Minister Ross is focused on the future of its airport, I wonder is there an equal focus on Cork and Shannon airports in terms of investment.

“We need to ensure the Government is focused on their futures just as much as it is on Dublin Airport. We must be focused on regional development and Cork and Shannon Airports play a huge role in this.

Recent figures indicate that Dublin Airport is “full” with up to 85 per cent of visitors to Ireland arriving through the capital’s airport.

Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) chief executive Dalton Philips said that the airport cannot add any more flights.

MEP Clune said that “it is great to see Dublin Airport doing so well but she maintained that there is more to Ireland than Dublin Airport.”

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