Waterford Airport has a new terminal but will struggle to survive without scheduled flights.
Waterford Airport gets an upgrade with the provision of a new terminal building funded by a local fundraising effort along with funds from the European Community.
Over the last eleven years, €10 million has been spent on the airport resulting in a fine regional airport. However, the problem lies in the lack of scheduled flights from the upgraded facility. Both Aer Lingus and Ryanair have pulled their services out of Waterford.
Now the only user is the occasional company six-seater and a cargo service.
The Board of Management at Waterford Airport are determined to come back fighting and have launched an intensive sales pitch at a range of British regional airports to encourage a British connection with Waterford. These efforts are beginning to come to fruition with plans for Isle of Man airline Manx Air due to begin a scheduled London service.
Sean Power, Marketing Director at Waterford Airport, believes there is a need for a better government policy on regional airports.
Until such time that somebody in the department gets the regional airport together and an airline to fly the routes, there's no point in having an airport.
Consultant Bertie Rogers is tasked with the job of representing Waterford Airport to regional airports in Britain, and is optimistic about the prospects for Waterford Airport.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 3 January 1993. The reporter is Michael Ryan. The report is introduced by Tom MacSweeney.