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Regional Airports Receive €2.7m In Government Aid

Published on Sep 15 2016 12:45 PM in General Industry tagged: tourism / airports / shane ross / Government Aid

Regional Airports Receive €2.7m In Government Aid

Regional airports in Donegal, Kerry, Knock and Waterford will receive €2.7 million in government aid this year to boost their safety and security.

However, Waterford Airport, which currently has no scheduled passenger services as a result of VLM Airlines filing for bankruptcy, will only receive its funding if flights resume from it.

Shane Ross, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport has said the money will be spent on closed-circuit tv monitoring, upgrading electrical systems and equipment for the winter, as well as repairing aircraft taxiways and perimeter roads.

The layout of the funding will see Mayo's Knock Airport receive €1.3 million, Waterford Airport €870,000 while Donegal and Kerry will get €341,000 and €205,000 respectively, reports the Irish Times.

Discussing the latest funding, Ross said: "These exchequer grant allocations are being made under the regional airports programme 2015-2019, which was approved last year by the EU Commission and administered by my department."

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