In a timely boost to the economy of the north west, Donegal airport is to get more capital funding, it was announced this morning. The allocation is being made under the Regional airports programme 2021-2025.
The Donegal airport allocation will be €876,525. The allocation will be used towards capital investment in the areas of safety, security and sustainability. The other recipients of regional airport funding will be Ireland West airport in Knock (€2.186m) and Kerry airport (€1.718m).
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Donegal TD, Charlie McConalogue, welcomed the announcement by Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton T.D., of almost €900k in Exchequer funding to Donegal airport under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025.
Minister McConalogue commented: "Continued investment in Donegal Airport is essential for the infrastructure of Donegal and is much welcomed news to keep this fantastic facility operating fully. In a post-pandemic world this airport will continue to be an important point of entry for tourists to our beautiful county."
Donegal TD Joe McHugh said: “I am pleased to welcome this morning’s announcement that Donegal Airport is to receive €876,525 in capital funding from the Department of Transport.
“We all know the importance and benefit of Donegal Airport to our County and the north-west region, and the exceptional quality standards and service they provide in Carrickfinn is to be commended.”
Each airport received the amount of funding requested for their respective projects, with some of the projects being supported incorporating valuable climate benefits, while other projects funded include new safety and security systems which incorporate more energy efficient and recyclable components. This year’s allocation has also taken climate objectives into account for the first time, representing an important step in the process towards the ‘greening’ of our Airports.
“This investment reinforces the importance and value that this Government places on the role of our Regional Airports in supporting tourism and jobs, and this funding is essential in ensuring Carrickfinn has the sufficient support needed to continue providing their important services, particularly with the impacts of Covid19 on this industry,” concluded McHugh.
Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton T.D., officially announced the allocation of over €11 million in Exchequer funding to regional airports.
A total of €4.8 million has been allocated to the airports of Donegal, Ireland West (Knock) and Kerry under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025 and over €6.3 million has been allocated to Shannon Airport under the COVID-19 Regional State Airports Programme 2021.
"I am delighted to be approving these capital allocations in what has been an incredibly difficult year on our regional airports. This funding represents a strong commitment by Government to help Ireland’s regional airports remain financially sustainable as they plan to move beyond the largest exogenous shock that the sector has ever faced," the junior minister said.
She added: "I am pleased to say that this year’s funding has also taken climate objectives into account for the first time, representing an important step in the process towards the ‘greening’ of Irish Airports. I am confident that today’s allocations, coupled with the impending funding to address the impacts of Covid, will help airports regain their foothold in the aviation market when recovery begins."
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