DONEGAL Airport is to benefit from a new funding package for Irish aviation, it has been confirmed.
The Government has agreed a revised €80 million funding package for Irish aviation and will provide an extra €48 million in supports for 2021, in addition to those announced in Budget 2021.
Joe McHugh, TD for Donegal, said: “I am delighted to see Donegal Airport is set to share in the additional operational funding support of €6m being made available to Donegal, Knock and Kerry from the Department of Transport as part of new Government supports for aviation in light of the difficult season being faced by this sector.
“Donegal Airport at Carrickfinn is of huge benefit to our County and the north-west region, and the exceptional standards, quality and service carried out there by the team and management is to be commended, and is the reason why it is always rated so highly by travel experts and by the public.
“This funding announced today will support operational costs at Carrickfinn, and this investment again reinforces the importance and value that the Government places on the role of regional airports in supporting tourism here in the north-west, something that is needed now, more than ever, as we live and work through Covid-19.”
The funding package will also include an Airport Charges Rebate Scheme for January to March 2021, subject to State Aid approval from the EU Commission.
This is one of the recommendations made by the Task Force for Aviation Recovery and, at an estimated cost of €20m, will support the retention of core connectivity through the Winter season.Tags: