Transport Minister announces €2.77 million in grants for Irish regional airports

The funds will 'provide assistance towards the operational costs' at the four airports

Transport Minister announces €2.77 million in grants for Irish regional airports

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Transport & Tourism Minister Shane Ross has announced €2.77 million in grants for Ireland's four regional airports.

The Department of Transport says the grants will provide assistance towards the operational costs incurred by Donegal, Ireland West Airport Knock, Kerry and Waterford.

Waterford Airport will receive the largest grant, with more than €1m allocated. IWAK will receive €868,569, Kerry has been allocated €562,602, and the remaining €320,046 will go to Donegal.

The funding is in addition to €2.7m worth of grants announced in September for safety and security investments at the airports.

Minister Ross said: “The grants announced today bring the total direct funding by my Department to the regional airports this year to €5.5 million. 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.”