New Derry to Dublin flight
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.