Date Published: 28-Mar-2011
By Dara Bradley
Airport bosses have predicted that Galway’s newly launched link to London Southend will mark the start of a brighter future for the facility, which has been under increasing financial pressure in the aftermath of the Government’s decision to withdraw its support for subsidised fares.
Management at Galway Airport say the new air route will, in time, increase the Carnmore facility’s connectivity with major European regional and hub airports such as Amsterdam and Charles de Gaulle, Paris – and that, they say, will create new opportunities in terms of business links to new destinations as well as opening up new tourism markets with direct access to Galway.
Aer Arann’s first flight from Galway Airport to Southend London took to the skies on Sunday – the Irish airline will operate direct flights four times a week, with three days via Waterford.
There will be two return flights each day, morning and evening, between Galway and London Southend with direct flights on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. On the other three days each week flights will operate via Waterford.
The flight time is about one hour 50 minutes and when a new terminal and rail station is completed at Southend by the end of this year, the train commute into London Liverpool Street station will be approximately 50 minutes.
The new route opens up the whole east coast of England and the greater London area for passengers flying direct from Galway but also has huge potential for local businesses as well as tourism interests, according to Galway Airport manager Joe Walsh.
It will also offer great opportunities for Galway people to fly direct to the airport, which is situated just miles – and one train station hop away – from Stratford, the heart of the London Olympics 2012.
“There are large Irish populations on the east coast of England, in places like Brentwood and Colchester and now there is a direct flight into Galway, which opens up new tourism markets and opportunities,” said Mr Walsh.
“It is a new London airport, that was in use in the World War II days and has been used as a maintenance airport since but now we are the first scheduled service they have.’’
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.