New Dublin Service from City of Derry Airport
26 November 2015
City of Derry Airport, (CoDA), welcomes the announcement contained within the Chancellors Spending Review and Autumn Statement outlining that its application to the Department for Transport under the Regional Air Connectivity Fund to support a new service from Derry to Dublin has been successful.
The Regional Air Connectivity Fund was announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the 2014 Budget Statement as a fund to support the creation of new routes from small UK Regional Airports with annual passenger numbers of less than 3 million.
CoDA submitted an application for a double daily service to Dublin. Speaking earlier today, Clive Coleman, Contracts Director for Regional & City Airports at CoDA stated: “this is very welcome news for the airport. CoDA views this scheme as a significant opportunity to secure new airline capacity on a strategically important route from our airport. We are delighted that our application has been successful for a double daily service to Dublin. The benefits of this new Dublin service, through enhanced inter-regional and international connectivity, to the local economy and travelling public are significant. Furthermore, they are aligned with the UK Government’s objectives of encouraging the growth of regional airports by making better use of their infrastructure, reducing the need for long-distance travel to and from airports, providing air passengers with greater choice and finally attracting new or more frequent international connections to attract new business activity to support the growth of a more balanced regional economy”.
Clive stated, this is fantastic news for the entire North West Region as this new double daily service to Dublin will allow CoDA to develop as part of a hub, providing economic and social opportunities for the North West, with improved accessibility to markets, increased investment and consequent employment growth for the North West, he said.
Clive concluded “The aircraft will be served by a CoDA based aircraft that will also offer a twice weekly service to the Isle of Man. The new, service is expected to commence in April 2016”.
For more information, please visit www.cityofderryairport.com