Find a page

Aran Island air service concerns
31 Aug 2015 07:07
Aran Island residents attended a public meeting on Inis Mór last night to discuss the future of the air service to the three islands.
-
Their concerns follow the decision by Minister for the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh to award a four-year contract to a private helicopter company.
-
Aer Arann has operated a service to the Aran islands for well over four decades but from October Executive Helicopters will begin offering daily return flights from Galway Airport.
-
Mr McHugh said the Woodford-based company was the "preferred tenderers" for the four-year air service contract.
-
Aer Arann owner Padraig Ó Ceidigh has described the decision as the "single-biggest blow" to the Aran Islands in recent history.
-
There are now fears for the future of 40 jobs at the airline.
-
Islanders have also expressed concern about the suitability of a helicopter service in adverse weather conditions.
-
The location of Galway Airport instead of the airport at Connemara has also been criticised.
-
Representatives from the Aran Islands are due to meet Mr McHugh to have their concerns addressed.
-
-
-

Where can I get RTÉ Aertel Digital?

RTÉ Aertel Digital is an enhanced digital version of the RTÉ Aertel teletext service. It functions in the same way as the analogue service, offering current news, sport and weather updates but is now more agile and easier to use.

RTÉ Aertel Digital is available on Saorview, the new free digital TV service in Ireland.
Press TEXT button on your remote to launch Aertel from RTÉ One, RTÉ Two, RTÉ News Now.