Fianna Fáil TD, Mary Butler has voiced her disappointment over the lack of clarity surrounding plans to expand the runway at Waterford Airport.
Earlier this week, Deputy Butler questioned the Minister in the Dáil on his plans to accommodate larger aircraft by approving a runway expansion at Waterford Regional Airport.
Deputy Butler said: “Minister Ross is continuing to demonstrate an ambiguous position regarding the future of any State support for a capital project in Waterford. These projects are vital to developing the airport as a hub for the region.
“I believe that with strategic vision and government supports there are huge opportunities for tourism and regional development in the South East.
“Waterford Regional Airport has great potential to generate new business in partnership with the relevant regional, tourism and industry bodies in the South East. The proposed runway extension could significantly expand the connectivity of the whole South East region and could serve as a “gateway” to the Ireland’s Ancient East.
“The regional airport network is a core component of our national transport network. It is essential to attracting and retaining international investment as well as strengthening transport links in the South East Region.
“There was a distinct lack of clarity in the Minister’s response to the questions I posed on the expansion of Waterford airport. I am disappointed to learn that there is no definitive strategy in place to proceed with the expansion.
“I intend on further expressing the necessity for the Department to outline a clear commitment to develop Waterford airport and to publish a comprehensive plan for these works.” concluded Deputy Butler.