Friday 23 March 2018

Dublin Airport's domination 'not in national interest'

Dublin airport (File photo)
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Market domination by Dublin Airport is not in the national interest, one of the country's largest business representative groups has stated.

Limerick Chamber says that aviation must be one of the key focus areas for the Government if it is to address the economic imbalance between the Dublin region and the rest of the country.

In its submission to the National Planning Framework, 'Ireland 2040 - Our Plan', the Chamber said that in the long term, regional cities on the west will play a key role in rebalancing the national economy.

Chamber CEO James Ring said: "There's a direct correlation between airport growth and regional growth.

"Right now, the DAA monopoly is mopping up the growth, with 86pc of the market, up from 81pc five years ago.

"In the meantime, Cork's market share has dropped alarmingly from 10pc to 6.5pc and Shannon to a lesser degree, from 5.9pc to 5.5pc.

"If the regions are to grow, which is essential, these airports must grow their market share."

Irish Independent

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