Report highlights importance of regional airports to tourism

The BMW Regional Assembly says a plan to put regional airports at the centre of tourism development is necessary.

The assembly has recently completed a detailed study on the economic impact of the regional airports in Donegal, Galway, Knock and Sligo.

It finds they contribute to the regional economy in a number of ways, including promoting business investment and provisding access to tourism markets.

According to the report,  the regional airports were responsible for the creation of 378 jobs across the region in 2008, while inbound visitors spent over 90 million euro.

The Assembly's Assistant Director Ciaran Moylan says the airports are an important resource.

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