Donegal airport subsidy to be phased out by current Government

The Transport Minister has said that he wants to phase out subsidies for regional airports.

Leo Varadkar said it was “political cowardice that it was ever allowed to happen” that there is an airport for every county down the west and south coasts.

Along the West coast there are airports in Carrickfinn in Donegal, Sligo, Knock in Mayo, and Shannon which covers Clare and Limerick.

Mr Varadkar said it was the current Governments intention to get rid of the subsidies for regional airports.

Northwest MEP, Pat the Cope Gallagher, has said that there is a contractual agreement, so Donegal Airport will have the current subsidy for at least 3 years.....

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