City of Derry airport to gain UK government supportStaff Writer | September 21, 2016
The UK government has signalled that it could step in to support financially the Londonderry to London air route.
Northern Ireland Derry City & Strabane Council are working on a proposal
Derry City & Strabane Council have been invited to put forward proposals to keep the route open, with a value for money check to ensure the best outcome for taxpayers.
This would be a further boost for the region following the announcement this week that the Northern Ireland Executive will provide up to £7 million support to assist development and growth around City of Derry Airport.
The route is a significant link for local businesses and the tourism industry, providing a connection with London which benefits the wider region.
The council can now undertake a tender process to appoint an airline to maintain the operation of this route, which is used by more than 125,000 people a year, with support from the UK government.
The backing for a service from Londonderry to London could mark the first ever UK government backing for a public service obligation (PSO) in Northern Ireland
The government maintains regional airport links through the Regional Air Connectivity Fund, which can be used to protect important regional air connections where they may be at risk of being lost. ■