Lack of Executive threatening future of City of Derry Airport – Eastwood

It's been claimed that the lack of a Stormont Executive is threatening the future of City of Derry Airport.

SDLP leader Colm Eastwood was speaking after a party delegation met with the permanent secretary of the Department of the Economy to discuss future funding for the airport.

Speaking after last evening's meeting, Colm eastwood said the delay to investment at the airport is just one more casualty of political failure.

He says last year, to much fanfare, the Executive announced a £7million funding package to help attract new airlines and improve infrastructure, but that's not been forthcoming due to the collapse of the power-sharing government.

Mr Eastwood says the Department officials confirmed at the meeting that if a local budget had been in place, further route development at the airport could have been significantly progressed.

He says City of Derry Airport desperately needs this funding and should not be held back due to the political deadlock.

Mr Eastwood is again calling on the DUP and Sinn Fein to get back to work at Stormont, concluding that the airport, the health service and schools cannot pay the price for political failure.