A major aviation report has warned that the Midwest economy won’t be able to grow as it should, unless the true potential of Shannon Airport is unlocked.
The study, which was launched this morning, states that Dublin has become too congested and investing in Shannon and other Airports should form part of the solution to that.
It comes as the Taoiseach has admitted Shannon needs government backing.
This report has been commissioned by Limerick Chamber, supported by the Chambers in Ennis, Shannon and Galway.
They say it’s in response to the need for enhanced direct air connectivity into the regions to support business and, not least, foreign direct investment.
It calls for a roadmap for more balanced growth in the regions and a number of initiatives to improve Shannon Airport’s global connectivity.
Dr Catríona Cahill is Chief Economist with Limerick Chamber of Commerce and says we’re only scratching the surfact of Shannon’s potential.
Among other recommendations, the report by Copenhagen Economics advises the establishment of a national route development fund to support airports outside of Dublin, as well as more active use of aviation policy to ensure balanced regional development.
The report’s launch comes as the Taoiseach has admitted that the government should do more to get behind efforts to secure an EU hub for Shannon.
With Brexit looming, an over-reliance on British routes is a major concern here and Leo Varadkar says the government has a role to play.
Clare’s Independent TD Dr Michael Harty raised the issue in the Dáil with the Taoiseach – he is echoing concerns outlined in this aviation report about Dublin Airport’s power and influence.