Chamber takes initiative on Air Services Strategy Group for Galway
The Chamber is convening a group comprising key leaders from local government, education, tourism, enterprise development, health and air service providers to discuss and develop a strategic plan for air services for Galway over the next five to fifteen years.
Galway Chamber has retained the services of Mr. Conor McCarthy, managing director of PlaneConsult Ltd, to facilitate the first meeting of the group which will take place on March 12 in Galway. Mr. McCarthy has extensive experience in the airline business.
The primary objective of the Galway Air Services Strategy Group is to determine how air services can best support the future development needs of Galway.
Chamber Vice-President and Treasurer Ms. Hannah Kiely will chair the GASS group. Speaking today Ms. Kiely emphasised the importance of air services for the future development of Galway:
"Galway Airport at Carnmore continues to provide vital air services to Dublin and more recently London Luton. However, the key question for the GASS group will be whether a small regional airport is capable of meeting the air services requirements of Galway over the next five to fifteen years".
Ms. Kiely continued: "There are a number of options regarding the future provision of air services in Galway up to, and including, a full international airport and Galway Chamber will be asking the GASS group to look at all of them."
Mr. Michael Coyle CEO of Galway Chamber added: "Since the publication of Galway Chamber's 'Galway 2010 @ the Leading Edge' Strategy document in 2001, Galway Chamber has consistently lobbied Government for the improvement of road, rail, energy and broadband infrastructure. The formation of the GASS group is a continuation of that policy."