Thursday, 5 February 2004

Ceisteanna (114)

Damien English

Ceist:

114 Mr. English asked the Minister for Transport if he will consider allocating funding towards a 625 meter airstrip, hangar and reception centre in Stevenson's Field, Dromore, County Donegal for the benefit of business and tourism in the area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3438/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Transport)

The long standing policy of the Department as regards the development of aviation facilities is that private interests may provide and develop airports in whatever location they wish, provided the requirements of the Irish Aviation Authority are met and planning permission is secured. It is for the promoters to satisfy themselves that an airport can function as a viable commercial entity. This Department does not have any plans to provide financial support for the development of any new regional airports.