Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (541, 542, 543, 550)

Robert Troy

Question:

541. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the cost to airports of providing air traffic control services to a company (details supplied) in the past four years. [16559/19]

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Robert Troy

Question:

542. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if there is payment from a company (details supplied) to the airports in exchange for the provision of air traffic control services; and if so, the value of the payment. [16560/19]

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Robert Troy

Question:

543. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on whether adequate funding is provided to airports for the provision of air traffic control services to the Irish Coast Guard. [16561/19]

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Robert Troy

Question:

550. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the State funding provided to Sligo Airport; if additional funding can be provided for the functioning of the air traffic control tower which is in operation 24 hours per day to support search and rescue activities which are based from the airport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16641/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 541 to 543, inclusive, and 550 together.

With regard to State funding for Sligo Airport,  this airport is not part of the Regional Airports Programme.  In relation to Coast Guard operations, the Deputy will be aware that the State's search and rescue service is provided by the Coast Guard by way of a contract with CHCI DAC.  These services are provided by CHCI DAC from four bases around the Country, including Sligo Airport.  The arrangements for the use of these bases is a commercial matter between CHCI DAC and the airports involved. 

More generally, under the Irish Aviation Authority (EuroControl) (Consolidated Route Charges) Regulations 2005, S.I. No. 776 of 2005, neither the Irish Coast Guard nor CHC are liable for any air traffic control  costs when performing search and rescue flights.