Deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn is to raise the long term removal of Irish Government funding for the City of Derry Airport with the Minister for Transport Eamonn Ryan in the Dáil tonight.
The Irish Government funded the Derry to Dublin air connection for many years and then removed funding about a decade ago.
It is estimated that 40% of the passengers that use the airport are from Donegal.
The Sinn Fein Deputy said “The reinstatement of this airport connection would allow huge numbers of people in Donegal and the North West to fly directly to Dublin Airport and on to locations around the world and minimise the long journey by road, back and forth.
“It would also connect tourists from around the world to Donegal and the North West via Dublin and Derry airports.
“The Taoiseach recently committed to examine the possibility of funding for the airport under the Shared Island Initiative and I am pushing Eamon Ryan on this.”
Deputy Mac Lochlainn will also be raise this directly with the Taoiseach in the Dáil tomorrow afternoon.