A contracts director at City of Derry Airport (CoDA) says a new double daily service to Dublin from next April will allow the airport develop as part of a hub, providing economic and social opportunities for the North West.
Clive Coleman said: “This is very welcome news for the airport.
“CoDA views this scheme as a significant opportunity to secure new airline capacity on a strategically important route from our airport.
“We are delighted that our application has been successful for a double daily service to Dublin.
“The benefits of this new Dublin service, through enhanced inter-regional and international connectivity, to the local economy and travelling public are significant.
“Furthermore, they are aligned with the UK Government’s objectives of encouraging the growth of regional airports by making better use of their infrastructure, reducing the need for long-distance travel to and from airports, providing air passengers with greater choice and finally attracting new or more frequent international connections to attract new business activity to support the growth of a more balanced regional economy”.
He said the announcement is fantastic news for the entire North West Region as the new double daily service to Dublin will allow CoDA to develop as part of a hub, providing economic and social opportunities for the North West, with improved accessibility to markets, increased investment and consequent employment growth for the North West.
The airport welcomed the announcement contained within the Chancellors Spending Review and Autumn Statement outlining that its application to the Department for Transport under the Regional Air Connectivity Fund to support a new service from Londonderry to Dublin had been successful.
Mr Coleman said: “The airport will be served by a CoDA based aircraft that will also offer a twice weekly service to the Isle of Man.”
The service starts in April.