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Close Derry’s airport and save us millions

Published 21/09/2016

Every Friday, the Belfast Telegraph publishes people and businesses that have gone bankrupt. Most are decent people, but for some reason — usually cashflow — their ideas did not work.

Then look at Derry City Airport. The argument is that business and tourists will not go to Londonderry if they do not have a nearby airport. However, there is an airport under an hour away — it’s called Belfast International. This distance is comparable with and, in most cases, better than most other regional airports.

Over the years, £14m of public money has been pumped into this white elephant. Why does no one want to fly there? It is because Londonderry is not a city, but a small town? The hinterland of Donegal is sparsely populated.

The solution is to close this airport and put on a regular, hourly, subsidised bus service to Belfast International, thus saving millions. It is nothing more than a vanity project.


Portrush, Co Londonderry

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