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New Derry to Dublin flight announced 26.11.15

A NEW twice-daily flight from Derry to Dublin will take off next April after funding was approved under a regional connectivity fund.
The Regional Air Connectivity Fund was announced in 2014 by the British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne to create new routes from small UK regional airports with annual passenger numbers of less than three million.
City of Derry Airport (CoDA) contracts director, Clive Coleman said the new air service would improve tourism, investment and consequent employment growth in the North West.
"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."
City of Derry Airport.
Mr Coleman added: “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." A twice-weekly service will also be offered from Derry to the Isle of Man.
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