Ireland’s first national aviation policy

25th October, 2015
Aer Lingus has announced a significant expansion of its long-haul network for 2016 with three new routes from Dublin to Los Angeles, Newark in New Jersey and Hartford in Connecticut. The addition of the new routes will create more than 200 jobs, boost inbound tourism and grow the strategically important Dublin Gateway. Pictured at the announcement were Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (second left); Willie Walsh, IAG chief executive (holding flags); Alex White, Labour TD for Dublin South and Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (fourth from left); and Stephen Kavanagh, Aer Lingus chief executive; with Aer Lingus cabin crew Michelle Thompson and Catherine ConnellyJason Clarke

‘Aviation matters. It matters to the Irish economy, it matters to consumers, and it matters to this government.” So said Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe, at the launch of Ireland’s first national aviation policy in August of this year.

The aviation sector employs 26,000 people directly, with a further 16,000 indirect jobs, and contributes over €4 billion to the Irish economy.

Donohoe said: “The tourism industry is also heavily reliant on aviation and...

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