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Departmental Funding

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 17 May 2022

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Questions (231)

Matt Shanahan

Question:

231. Deputy Matt Shanahan asked the Minister for Transport if he will identify all capital, safety supports and any other grant or support funding given over the past ten years under each funding head to each individual airport, in tabular form; if the report issuing captures all Government or departmental subventions over the period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24429/22]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Over the course of the past ten years grant aid totalling almost €76 million has been provided to support essential safety and security related projects and activities at Ireland’s smaller regional airports. While the vast majority of funding was provided under the Regional Airports Programme, capital funding was provided to City of Derry Airport for essential safety works in 2012 as part of the North/South Co-operation, and in line with the Good Friday Agreement.

Funding to each airport, under each funding scheme over the ten year period 2012-2021 is outlined as follows (as is a description of each scheme):

AIRPORT

SCHEME

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Total

Donegal

CAPEX

-

€339,474

€431,759

-

€231,290

-

€238,982

€460,941

-

€149,374

€1,851,820

PPR-C

-

-

-

€398,995

€220,022

-

-

€362,995

€245,488

€583,017

€1,810,517

PPR-O

-

-

-

€226,059

€356,597

€667,874

€657,061

€688,922

€580,617

€460,871

€3,638,001

OPEX

€111,417

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

€111,417

Donegal Total

€111,417

€339,474

€431,759

€625,054

€807,909

€667,874

€896,043

€1,512,858

€826,105

€1,193,262

€7,411,755

Kerry

CAPEX

€1,633,946

€740,958

€133,156

-

€181,440

€345,333

€814,448

€630,365

€97,490

€719,522

€5,296,658

PPR-C

-

-

-

€402,783

€129,262

€237,184

€372,399

€1,288,376

€1,058,452

€2,066,822

€5,555,278

PPR-O

-

-

-

€311,260

€626,855

€1,075,474

€1,198,847

€1,277,546

€1,499,564

€1,298,034

€7,287,580

OPEX

€550,000

€436,918

€507,224

-

-

-

-

-

-

€1,494,142

Kerry Total

€2,183,946

€1,177,876

€640,380

€714,043

€937,557

€1,657,991

€2,385,694

€3,196,287

€2,655,506

€4,084,377

€19,633,658

Ireland West - Knock

CAPEX

€699,007

€2,013,023

€1,925,413

-

€1,201,045

€502,361

€1,476,839

€6,702,288

€553,295

€1,725,054

€16,798,325

PPR-C

-

-

-

€564,622

€764,609

€828,555

€782,704

€1,044,099

€329,740

€448,510

€4,762,839

PPR-O

-

-

-

€598,349

€967,765

€1,868,439

€1,916,563

€1,736,516

€1,353,859

€1,017,826

€9,459,317

OPEX

€589,644

€654,576

€548,600

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

€1,792,820

Ireland West Total

€1,288,651

€2,667,599

€2,474,013

€1,162,971

€2,933,419

€3,199,355

€4,176,106

€9,482,903

€2,236,894

€3,191,389

€32,813,300

Waterford

CAPEX

€1,333,830

€361,686

€533,210

€43,839

-

-

-

-

-

-

€2,272,565

PPR-C

-

-

-

€732,286

€18,381

-

-

-

-

-

€750,667

PPR-O

-

-

-

€382,205

€425,722

-

-

-

-

-

€807,927

OPEX

€1,232,964

€1,121,399

€1,038,784

€756,825

€594,493

-

-

-

-

-

€4,744,465

Emergency Subvention

-

-

-

-

-

-

€750,000

€375,000

€375,000

-

€1,500,000

Waterford

€2,566,794

€1,483,085

€1,571,994

€1,915,155

€1,038,596

-

€750,000

€375,000

€375,000

€0

€10,075,624

City of Derry

North/South Co-operation

€345,590

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

€345,590

City of Derry

€345,590

€0

€0

€0

€0

€0

€0

€0

€0

€0

€345,590

Shannon

Emergency Capital Supports

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

€303,513

€5,349,560

€5,653,073

Shannon

€0

€0

€0

€0

€0

€0

€0

€0

€303,513

€5,349,560

€5,653,073

TOTAL

€6,496,398

€5,668,034

€5,118,146

€4,417,223

€5,717,481

€5,525,220

€8,207,843

€14,567,048

€6,397,018

€13,818,589

€75,933,000

Funding

Scheme

Detail

Regional Airports Programme

CAPEX

Funding safety and security related capital expenditure of an economic nature

PPR-C

Scheme in place since 2015 - Funding capital expenditure for services that normally fall within a 'Public Policy Remit' and generate no economic return for an airport, for example Fire Service, Air Traffic Control and Security

PPR-O

Scheme in place since 2015 - Funding operational expenditure that normally fall within a 'Public Policy Remit' (as above)

OPEX

Scheme in place up until 2020 - Funding safety and security related operational expenditure of an economic nature - no airports eligible since 2016 Scheme

Exceptional Supports

North/South Cooperation

Support for North/South Co-operation in line with the Good Friday Agreement. This funding represented the final drawdown from a capital funding allocation of €11m made in 2005 which was provided to the airport on a joint funding basis with the British Government.

Emergency Subvention

Operational supports provided on an exceptional basis to Waterford Airport

Emergency Capital Supports

Funding of an Embankments project and a Hold Baggage Screening (HBS) security project at Shannon Airport (approved by Government in 2020).

In addition to the above and in recognition of the very difficult circumstances faced by our airports during Covid and taking account of the recommendations of the Taskforce for Aviation Recovery, the Government also allocated over €144 million in Covid specific supports to airports, which provided connectivity in 2021.

This Covid specific funding in 2021 is outlined as follows:

AIRPORT

SCHEME

€000s

Donegal

Covid Supplementary Support Scheme

€258

Donegal Total

€258

Kerry

Covid Supplementary Support Scheme

€1,798

Kerry Total

€1,798

IWAK

Covid Supplementary Support Scheme

€2,806

IWAK Total

€2,806

Dublin

Covid Supplementary Support Scheme

€97,240

Dublin Total

€97,240

Shannon

CAPEX

€2,907

PPR-C

€3,161

PPR-O

€5,527

Covid Supplementary Support Scheme

€5,494

Shannon Total

€17,089

Cork

CAPEX

€10,000

PPR-C

€0

PPR-O

€6,690

Covid Supplementary Support Scheme

€8,379

Cork Total

€25,069

TOTAL

€144,260

By virtue of their size and passenger numbers, Shannon and Cork Airports had never been eligible for funding under the Regional Airports Programme. However, Government provided over €28 million in capital and operational supports in 2021 under a Covid-19 Regional State Airports Programme 2021 to these airports.

A further unprecedented €116 million was allocated to Irish airports under an EU State Aid approved Covid Supplementary Support Scheme. This funding has compensated our small regional airports at Donegal, Ireland West and Kerry for the damage caused to them by Covid as well as having provided our State airports at Dublin, Shannon and Cork with the flexibility to roll out route incentives/charge rebates, in consultation with airlines, supporting recovery and growth of connectivity.

I can confirm to the Deputy that the above tables capture all Departmental subventions to airports over the period 2012-2021.

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