The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport is allocating €2.77 million between the four regional airports – Kerry, Donegal, Ireland West Airport Knock, and Waterford.
Announcing the funding, Transport Minister Shane Ross says these allocations are being made under the Regional Airports Programme 2015 to 2019, which supports the airports with both capital and operational grants for safety and security projects and activities.
The grants are in addition to capital grant funding of €2.7 million paid in 2016 towards safety and security investments at the airports.
“The grants announced today bring the total direct funding by my Department to the regional airports this year to €5.5 million,” said the Minister. “That amount increases to €13.1 million when the funding provided indirectly for the provision of Public Service Obligation (PSO) air services on the Donegal/Dublin and Kerry/Dublin routes is included.”
“This support is very important for these smaller airports and for the role that they play in promoting a level of international connectivity to support the tourism and business sectors in their regions,” Minister Ross concluded.