6th January 2014
By Bryan T. Smyth
Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has announced that a “Development
Council for Cork Airport” will be established.
It will act as a forum for all key stakeholders who have an interest
in the development of Cork Airport to engage with management and
contribute to the further growth of the airport.
It’s not yet clear when the Council will be formed, or when it will
begin it’s work, but the concept of giving local stakeholders a
meaningful title has been welcomed by many Politicians today,
Cork South Central Fine Gael TD, Jerry Buttimer said:
“Cork Airport serves the entire region of Ireland South, making it a
convenient airport of choice for a population of almost 1 million. It
is also on the door step of many large international businesses and at
the centre of Cork’s growing international reputation as a key IT hub.
These clear competitive advantages reinforce the potential of Cork
Airport and its importance to our local, regional and national
“If the airport is to reach its full potential there must be clear
lines of communication between management at the airport and key
stakeholders. There is a clear mutual interest in the growth of Cork
Airport and there are many people and groups who will share in the
benefits of future growth. If this potential is to be harnessed then
there must be a formalised process of engagement, which is why I
raised this issue with the Minister.
“The recent announcement of the expansion of Aer Lingus Regional
services at Cork Airport highlights the progress that is being made.
I want to again to commend the team at Cork Airport for delivering
this further growth at the airport. This reaffirms the status of Cork
Airport as Ireland’s second airport and a key transport link for the
entire Munster region.
“Clearly, this demonstrates the potential for growth that is possible
at Cork Airport. The establishment of a Development Council will
provide the basis for further growth. This will ensure that there is a
common understanding, particularly at local level, of issues of
concern, potential opportunities for growth, and the operating
performance of the airport.”