South east authority says loss of airport services will impact on region

The decision of Aer Arann to discontinue their services from Waterford Airport will have a negative impace on the region, according to the chairman of the South East Regional Authority, Larry O’Brien.

The decision of Aer Arann to discontinue their services from Waterford Airport will have a negative impace on the region, according to the chairman of the South East Regional Authority, Larry O’Brien.

He described the airport as a key element in the region’s strategic access transport infrastructure and, in this regard, is very disappointed at Aer Arann’s recent announcement

“The Regional Authority is fully supportive of the Regional Airport and views it as critical for supporting the growth of the regional economy from a business and leisure viewpoint,” added Cllr. O’Brien.

A past study independently carried out by Colin Buchanan and Partners, assessed the economic impact and wider importance of the airport, and concluded that it is key to the economy of the South-East Region.

The Regional Authority has continually called for the upgrading and improvement of the Airport. This position has recently been forcefully articulated by the Authority in its Regional Planning Guidelines 2010-2022.

Passenger numbers at the Airport have grown significantly in recent years and the airport’s infrastructure also supports a range of other activities.

“I now call on the Government and all public and private sector interests in the South-East to fully support the Regional Airport and to provide whatever assistance and support is necessary to assist Airport management replace the discontinued routes for 2013 and beyond”, stated Cllr. O’Brien.