Ireland's new National Aviation Policy has been launched. 'No one can say this was a rushed job having been kicked off in December 2012' says ITIC. 'Given that over 80% of our visitors arrive by air, this policy clearly has implications for tourism'.
Main features relevant to tourism include:
* The retention of Dublin, Cork and Shannon Airports in state ownership.
* Support for regional airports to continue through 2019.
* An independent review of the regulatory regime for airport charges to be commenced before the end of this year.
* Aspirations for increased connectivity, especially with emerging markets.
* The promotion of Dublin Airport as a secondary transatlantic hub.
* The achievement of a high level of competition between airlines operating in the Irish market.