Dáil Éireann - Volume 663 - 14 October, 2008

Written Answers. - Public Service Obligations.

Deputy Seán Fleming asked the Minister for Transport the level of review to which companies that are in receipt of public service obligations are subject to ensure value for money and satisfactory performance level for the customers using the service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34464/08]

[601]   Deputy Noel Dempsey: With regard to the Public Service Obligation (PSO) contracts for the operation of air services on six regional air routes, the contracts contain the following key performance standards.

The number of flights cancelled for reasons directly attributable to the air carrier must not exceed 2% of the minimum number of flights specified in respect of each route.

The number of flights delayed by more than 30 minutes for reasons directly attributable to the carrier must not exceed 20% of the minimum number of flights specified in respect of each route.

A minimum of 80% of the daily passenger seat capacity must be made available by the carrier at a fare not exceeding €100 each way.

In addition to the above standards, carriers are also required to report on passenger numbers and load factors on each route, on a monthly basis.

An Expenditure Review on CIE subvention was published and presented to the Houses of the Oireachtas in November 2007. The purpose of the review was to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the subvention paid to CIE over the period 2001-2005.

A cost and efficiency review of both Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann is currently being undertaken and the report will be available shortly.