Award marks airport progress

Derry City Council picked up an award for its governance of City of Derry Airport at the Northern Ireland Local Government Association awards last week.

Sinn Féin councillor Gerry MacLochlainn received the award on behalf of the elected members of Derry City Council.

Speaking after the ceremony in Templepatrick, Colr MacLochlainn said; “This is a welcome recognition by NILGA of the work put in by elected members in particular and is also recognition for the whole corporate body of Council, including the staff, who have worked hard to achieve the necessary change to make City of Derry Airport a success.”

The councillor said that the airport is doing well despite the challenging economic circumstances.

“Together we have brought about significant governance changes that are now showing real benefits.

“This year, despite the recession, passenger numbers have risen by 17 ½% and our share of the market in the North has risen to 6%.

“These achievements are a credit to the staff who have worked so hard along with our partners from the private sector who have brought their expertise to bear on developing what is a key economic driver for the Northwest.

“I believe that this award is a recognition of the partnership working from all parties on Derry City Council who have co-operated very closely to face the challenges if we are to make our airport a success,” he said.