Monday 1 May 2017

The days of flying to your back door are numbered

Join the queue for any flight from this side of the Irish Sea to a regional airport at home and you're likely to mingle with the usual suspects. Wailing children and their struggling parents, greying tourists, businessmen, a handful of American teenagers 'doing' Europe and, of course, the returning migrant -- they're all here.

There's nothing quite like leaving an urban setting such as London Luton and landing just over an hour later amid the green fields of Kerry or on the approach to Galway Bay.

For many years now regional airports in Knock, Sligo, Galway, Donegal, Kerry and Waterford have connected rural Ireland with the rest of the world, vital arteries extending from a healthy beating heart.

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