Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (171)

John McGuinness


171. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when he expects to bring forward a new aviation strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8547/13]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The over-arching goal of a national aviation policy as outlined in my Department's Statement of Strategy 2011-2014 is to ensure that it supports Ireland's economic and social goals in a safe, competitive, cost-effective and sustainable manner and ensures maximum connectivity between Ireland and the rest of the world.

Given the critical importance of the aviation sector to the economy, I have launched a review process for the development of a new national civil aviation policy for Ireland. To this end I facilitated a conference on 3rd December 2012 to which a wide array of industry representatives and wider stakeholder groups were invited in order to discuss how we might set about developing a new national civil aviation policy and to start the debate on what that policy should contain. 

Following on from that conference I will shortly publish a consultation paper which has been developed taking into consideration the views expressed at the conference. Submissions and comments by the end of June on the consultation paper will be invited from all stakeholders.  Following this process, I intend to publish a draft Policy Statement later this year for further comment before finalising and adoping the new national policy in early 2014.

Question No. 172 answered with Question No. 127.