Tuesday, 2 March 2004

Questions (42)

Pat Breen

Question:

120 Mr. P. Breen asked the Minister for Transport if his attention has been drawn to the fact that there are discussions at EU level regarding the possibility of introducing intra-PSOs between European countries and third countries; if, in the event of full open skies, he will consider PSO status for essential routes between Shannon Airport and the US; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6563/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Transport)

The PSO regime enables EU member states to subvent certain types of air services within their countries, which would otherwise not be provided commercially. I am very doubtful that the European Commission would encourage the extension of this concept to international air services, much less to services between Europe and the USA.