Interim Air Service Contract to the Aran Islands
The Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Mr. Joe McHugh T.D., announced today (13 October 2015) that his Department has extended for one year the contract with Galway Aviation Services Ltd to provide an air service to the Aran Islands – from 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016. The cost of this interim contract is €1.62m. The same level of grant-aided service will be provided under this extension as is currently available. The period of the extension will be used to undertake a new procurement process for a four year contract.
The Minister of State also announced that his Department has agreed a four-year contract with Galway Aviation Services Ltd for the provision of aerodrome management services at the aerodromes on the Aran Islands and at Cleggan and Inishbofin, Co. Galway from 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2019. The total cost to the Department of this contract over the four-year period is €1.86 million.