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Ryanair to consider providing Waterford to London service

Ryanair are set to consider providing a Waterford to London service in the event of the runway at Waterford Airport being extended.

The CEO of Ryanair, Michael O'Leary says he would consider operating a flight service from Waterford to London if the infrastructure was in place.

However, O'Leary says Ireland also has too many airports as it stands, and that road infrastructure has seriously impacted regional facilities such as Cork and Shannon.

It's hoped a multi-million euro investment in Waterford Airport will eventually facilitate the return of commercial flights for the first time since 2016.

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Michael O'Leary says Ryanair would think about operating a flight from here to London, but he thinks many people would still choose Dublin.

"We have too many airports now. If they open a jet runway in Waterford, we will probably service Waterford to and from London. However, it eats into Dublin's catchment area and Cork's catchment area. That's because the road network is not so good. Cork and Shannon struggle because now increasingly more and more people living in Nenagh, Fermoy or Mitchelstown will drive to Dublin because Dublin has a wider choice of flights."

Ryanair's first ever service flew from Waterford to London Gatwick back on the 8th of July, 1985.

A meeting has been held in the past week in relation to the development of Waterford Airport.

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Junior Minister in the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton, attended and reiterated that the commitment of funding is still there from government.

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