Tuesday, 10 February 2004

Ceisteanna (316, 317)

Pat Breen

Ceist:

392 Mr. P. Breen asked the Minister for Transport the discount schemes which are in operation currently for Shannon and Dublin airports for new transatlantic routes; if he will provide a route by route and by airline breakdown for these schemes; if any route discounts are proposed for the 2004 summer schedule; the start date and end date of these schemes for both Shannon and Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3940/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Transport)

The incentive schemes for the development of new routes at the three State airports, including Dublin and Shannon, are a day to day matter for Aer Rianta. Details of the new route support schemes for 2004 in Dublin and Shannon airports are available on the Aer Rianta website atwww.aer-rianta.ie. Operators on any new routes which commence operations during the period 1 January 2004 to 31 December 2004 and which meet the qualifying criteria listed by Aer Rianta in the route support documentation are entitled to such support.

Pat Breen

Ceist:

393 Mr. P. Breen asked the Minister for Transport if his officials are currently engaged or propose to engage with American officials about a change in the current bilateral agreement to permit two flights into Dublin and one into Shannon Airport; if he can confirm that this is true; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3941/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 162 of 28 January 2004.