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Programme for Government commitment on regional airport funding needs to be urgently delivered - David Cullinane TD

4 June, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Fein TD for Waterford David Cullinane has called on the Transport Minister Shane Ross to urgently deliver on the Programme for Government commitment to invest in regional Airports. Deputy Cullinane made the call following the disappointing news that the Waterford to Luton Route operated by VLM will cease at the end of the month. Deputy Cullinane has called for a meeting between the Minister, the Airport Board and Waterford's 4 TD's.

Speaking today Deputy Cullinane said:

"It is bitterly disappointing to hear the news this morning that the Waterford to Luton Route is to cease at the end of the month. I wish the Airport management well in attracting a new carrier.

"However, we have seen many carriers come and go over the last decade and we need a viable, long term and sustainable plan for the Airport. The Programme for Government commits to investing in regional airports.

"I am calling on the Minister for Transport Shane Ross to urgently meet with the Airport management and board as well as the four Waterford TD as soon as is possible. He needs to spell out what investment will be made for Waterford and if this will involve investing in extending the runway. I will be writing to Minister Ross today requesting that this meeting take place quickly."

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