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Council outlines ongoing commitment to CoDA at Governance and Strategic Planning Committee

06 September 2016

Members of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Governance and Strategic Planning Committee, were today presented with an In Year Business Plan by the Chairperson of City of Derry Airport Operations Ltd, Roy Devine.

Speaking at the meeting, the Chairman Alderman Drew Thompson acknowledged while the Airport is operating in a very difficult economic climate the Council, CoDA and key stakeholders have, over the past number of weeks, been involved in very positive and constructive talks with the Executive about the future development of the Airport.

He said: “The Airport is a hugely important and vital piece of infrastructure and a key driver to our local economy. We are aware of the difficulties facing us with regard to the reduction of services, airport departure tax and the global financial crisis but we are fully committed to continue with the positive work we are doing to work with the NI Executive, airlines and our key partners to maximise the opportunities that exist so we can maintain existing routes and secure new routes for the region.”

He said due to the commercial sensitivities of the discussions, further details of these discussions are not available but provided reassurance that Council and CoDA remain committed to doing all it can to work proactively for the future development and sustainability of the airport.
The Committee Chairman outlined Council’s support and commitment to CoDA saying the Airport is pivotal to the economic success of the North West region and imperative to the future development of the region.

“The retention and expansion of CoDA remains a key priority for us. We are committed to continuing to work proactively over the coming weeks and months to safeguard the airport’s future and put in place a strategy that will ensure the airport continues to provide air connectivity for business and tourism, and remains an important regional gateway and the Airport of choice for the North West,” he added.