24/03/2005

City of Derry airport attracts £10m in funding

The British and Irish Government’s have confirmed that they are to provide £10 million towards the redevelopment of the City of Derry airport.

Regional Development Minister, John Spellar and Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Dermot Ahern announced the news today which comes following requests from Derry City Council and local MP John Hume for funding, including the long term development of the airport.

“City of Derry Airport is highly valued by the people and businesses of the North West,” Mr Spellar said.

“This is an excellent example of practical, effective North/South co-operation.”

Minister Ahern added: “City of Derry Airport is a prime example of transportation infrastructure which serves communities on both sides of the border.

“It is this crucial North/South dimension which is the distinguishing feature of the airport, and which persuades the Irish Government that further investment in the airport will deliver benefits to its citizens in the Border Counties and beyond.”

The airport is owned and operated by Derry City Council with funding subject to a number of conditions.

(MB/SP)

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