|Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 192):|
I do believe that separation from the DAA is paramount though. Shannon is now effectively competing with Dublin for passenger traffic. As Tony points out above, many people around this area choose to commute to DUB to fly out rather than use SNN itself. Both airports being run by the same authority whose priority will always be DUB just doesn't make sense.
I agree, to a point. I think renaming Aer Rianta as the DAA (or as they prefer to style themselves "daa" - how very web 1.0) probably did promote DUB over the other two airports and Aer Rianta International too. Personally I would like to see ARI be taken as the vehicle for ORK, DUB, SNN, Duty Free and International to operate as independent entities, I believe that this would provide enough separation in terms of operation, yet keep the three state airports independent of the tax payer. While I do believe that DUB does draw from SNN and ORK catchment areas, one could argue that DUB is likely to be a far more ferocious competitor in the future than in the past and will do everything possible to undermine SNN - which is no longer any of the DAA's concern.
Fundamentally I feel this is a political, rather than a practical, move. I don't believe that SNN has the right infrastructure, population density or cost base to attract the LCC airlines in sufficient volumes to be profitable as an independent entity. I don't believe that any real moves have been taken to create a viable business at SNN, another example of parish politics, Im afraid.