Tipperary needs access to an airport that is performing well and after years of declining passenger numbers, we are reversing that trend at Shannon, according to Junior Minister for Transport Alan Kelly.
He forecast that new routes and new jobs for the entire region are expected to follow the publication of the Bill to set up the Shannon Group Commercial State PLC on a statutory basis.
The move was welcomed by Deputy Kelly, who has been working with Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar, and Minister for Jobs and Enterprise, Richard Bruton, on the issue.
“This Bill is an important development for the Mid-West. This legislation will underpin all we want to achieve at Shannon, which is to make it a hub of international aviation services that will be known and respected throughout the globe,” said Deputy Kelly.
“The publication of this Bill marks a further milestone in the restructuring of the State’s assets in Shannon. Aviation is hugely important to the Mid-West, and Shannon Group will aim to further develop aviation-related activities and services in and around the airport as set out in the Shannon Aviation Business Development Task Force report,” he said.
The State Airports (Shannon Group) Bill 2014 will give effect to the Government’s decision to set up a new commercial State company in Shannon comprising Shannon Airport Authority and a restructured Shannon Development (Shannon Commercial Enterprises).
The new company will remain in public ownership with a specific focus to generate enterprise for the Mid West, said Deputy Kelly.
Ministers Varadkar and Bruton hope the Bill can be enacted before the Dail’s summer recess.