Dáil Éireann - Volume 508 - 29 September, 1999

Written Answers. - Regional Airports.

217. Ms Clune asked the Minister for Public Enterprise the number of overflights of Cork Airport which have taken place in each of the past five years; the action, if any, she will take to reduce this number; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17283/99]

Minister for Public Enterprise (Mrs. O'Rourke): I understand that the Deputy is referring to the number of flights that were diverted from Cork Airport. Over the past five years the level of diversions by airlines is as shown in the following table.

Year

Total Diversions

% of planned arrivals

1998

65

0.7

1997

76

0.8

1996

60

0.6

1995

18

0.2

1994

20

0.3

Improved visibility aids were installed when Cork Airport was upgraded to category II operations in 1989. Since that date the diversion rate of planned arrivals has been consistently below 1 [227] per cent. Prior to 1989, the diversion rate at Cork airport was up to 3.6 per cent.