Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Minister Varadkar announces plans for national aviation policy ©

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The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar announced plans to develop the first ever civil aviation policy for Ireland at the Aviation Policy for Ireland conference in the Convention Center Dublin yesterday where over 400 delegates attended the conference organised by the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport and the Irish Aviation Authority.

Minister Leo Varadkar said "The aviation sector is critically important to a small open economy like Ireland. It’s already a significant employer which employs 20,000 people, and is worth 4.1 billion to the economy.

As an island, air access is vital for our tourism industry, our exports, and our relationship with the rest of the world. Ireland has a very long and proud tradition in aviation with many of our companies recognized as world-leaders in their fields.

I want to ensure that overall Government policy supports the industry and promotes growth. That’s why I’m launching this process to develop a meaningful policy framework, supported by the industry, and which allows us to plan for the future of this vital industry.”

Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) CEO Eamonn Brennan said "We punch way above our weight in world aviation and we need to capitalize on that. 25% of all aircraft leased in the world are leased out of Dublin; we are recognized innovators – we put together the first large aviation-leasing outfit in the world, GPA. We are home to the largest low-cost carrier in the world. We have driven some of the major innovations in engine technology, in maintenance, and in financing. We can capitalize further on the value of this vital sector.”

The conference is the first stage in the development of a national aviation policy forming the basis for guiding decision-making in the sector for the next 20 years . This new policy will be designed to expand the Irish aviation industry, make it more competitive, and tackle barriers to growth, consultations will take place with the industry throughout 2013 with the aim of publishing a policy framework in early 2014.

The Irish Aviation sector accounts for 3% of GDP (€5 Billion Gross value added) directing employing 18,000 with salaries of €1.3 Billion (Source Enterprise Ireland).


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Ryanair announces new growth in Scotland for 2013 ©

Ryanair announced today Summer 2013 growth in Scotland, with 38 routes (6 new) at Edinburgh and 27 routes (2 new) at Glasgow Prestwick, delivering 400,000 passengers and a combined total of over 3 million passengers at both Edinburgh and Glasgow Prestwick airports, following cuts to its winter 2012 schedule at Edinburgh following the breakdown of cost negotiations with the previous owners of Edinburgh, the BAA, after reaching agreement with Edinburgh Airport's new owners, Global Infrastructure Partners.

The airline will now operate a total of 38 routes from its Edinburgh Base with six new routes to Bologna, Beziers, Cagliari, Corfu, Katowice & Santander and increased frequency to Alicante, Faro, Malaga, Malta and Palma, operating a total of 236 weekly flights up 5% delivering 1.8 million passengers up 11%
The airline announced four new routes from its Glasgow Prestwick Base to Riga, Rzeszow & Warsaw Modlin and Wrcolaw and increased frequency to Ibiza and Palma operating a total of 27 routes on 95 weekly flights up 10% , increasing passenger numbers by 6% to 1.4 million passengers.

Ryanair Michael O'Leary said "Ryanair is delighted to announce its Scottish summer 2013 schedule, which will deliver over 3m passengers p.a. and sustain over 3,000 jobs at Edinburgh and Glasgow Prestwick Airports, following successful negotiations with Edinburgh Airport's new owners, Global Infrastructure Partners, this is a prime example of what can be achieved by dismantling the BAA monopoly and we look forward to further growth at Edinburgh Airport under its new ownership".

Edinburgh Airport CEO Gordon Dewar said "I welcome Ryanair's return to growth and investment at Edinburgh Airport.  When I came to Edinburgh Airport in the summer, it was clear that we had to repair the relationship with Ryanair and work with them to provide more choice for Scottish passengers. I'm pleased that today we can announce a new relationship and new routes.  This announcement underlines the fact that Edinburgh and Scotland is an attractive market for a variety of operators and that we as an airport are open and willing to do business to expand our network and encourage growth."

Glasgow Prestwick CEO Iain Cochrane said "We're delighted with Ryanair's latest commitment to grow its business from Glasgow Prestwick which is another sign of its continuing confidence in our airport. The decision to increase its Prestwick operations for next summer, along with new routes to Rzeszow and Warsaw is great news both for the airport and the region too. It gives travellers an even greater choice of value-for-money destinations next year and a further boost for the local economy, with more visitors to Scotland coming through the airport gateway.

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