Dáil Éireann - Volume 592 - 10 November, 2004

Written Answers. - Air Services.

  184. Mr. Wall asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism the number of meetings he has had with the Minister for Transport about the call by the national tourism strategy group in regard to the fast turnaround facilities at Dublin Airport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28404/04]

  Mr. O’Donoghue: I outlined for the House, in response to Parliamentary Question No 25435/04 on 20 October 2004, the approach that is being taken to address the recommendation of the tourism policy review group on fast turnaround facilities at Dublin Airport.

As the Deputy is aware, ministerial responsibility for aviation matters rests with my colleague, the Minister for Transport, who has asked the new Dublin Airport Authority, which took office on 1 October 2004, to give priority to addressing capacity requirements at Dublin Airport, including providing additional facilities for the fast turnaround of aircraft.

I have kept in contact with the Minister for Transport about the transport recommendations contained in the report and, in that context, it is my intention to contact the new Minister for [560] Transport to discuss these issues in the near future.