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Independence may be the way forward Scally

September 15th, 2015 8:03 PM

By Southern Star Team

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Eugene ScallyA PROMINENT West Cork businessmn has said an independently-run Cork Airport might be the best way forward.

Eugene Scally, right, owner of the award-winning Clonakilty-based Scally’s SuperValu, said it was time that airport management faced up to the fact that ‘the ‘shackles’ need to be taken off the airport, like they were in Shannon.

‘For too long, the airport was pushed into a corner. It was too easy for people to put it at the bottom of the pile,’ he said. Speaking to The Southern Star, Mr Scally said he could see there was something of a ‘battle’ between Ryanair and airport management.

‘If people would only see the revenue they could have, even if they only had 20 planes a week flying out, they would bring such job creation to the south west – through B&Bs, hotel nights, care hire, food and beverage firms, and more.’

But he added that the decision to keep the airport in State ownership, until at least 2019, was only ‘pushing the problem out’.

‘The shackles need to be taken off the airport, like they were in Shannon,’ he said. And he suggested that the business people of the south west would be well able to take control of the airport.

‘The people of the south west spent a lot of money on a ferry but in the end it just didn’t happen. But I am quite sure those same people would be well able to get involved in the airport,’ he said.

‘I am not qualified to say if the people running the airport are fit to run it, because I don’t know them, but the people there don’t care about the Eugene Scallys or the people of the South West. Waiting until 2019 is just kicking it out further,’ he said.

He added that it was a disgrace that the old terminal was now ‘just rotting away’. ‘And what they are charging in the car parks doesn’t help,’ he said. ‘I have always had very strong feelings about it,’ he told the Star.’ And then I look at what Ryanair have done in other places. He is cheap and cheerful and we all give out, but we all travel with him,’ he said of Michael O’Leary. ‘Give it to him for five years and see the volume of people he will drive through it.’

He said that there were many more ‘Willie Walshs’ who would be willing to take on the airport. ‘Letting it go independent wouldn’t be the worst thing for it.’

Eugene ScallyA PROMINENT West Cork businessmn has said an independently-run Cork Airport might be the best way forward.

Eugene Scally, right, owner of the award-winning Clonakilty-based Scally’s SuperValu, said it was time that airport management faced up to the fact that ‘the ‘shackles’ need to be taken off the airport, like they were in Shannon.

‘For too long, the airport was pushed into a corner. It was too easy for people to put it at the bottom of the pile,’ he said. Speaking to The Southern Star, Mr Scally said he could see there was something of a ‘battle’ between Ryanair and airport management.

‘If people would only see the revenue they could have, even if they only had 20 planes a week flying out, they would bring such job creation to the south west – through B&Bs, hotel nights, care hire, food and beverage firms, and more.’

But he added that the decision to keep the airport in State ownership, until at least 2019, was only ‘pushing the problem out’.

‘The shackles need to be taken off the airport, like they were in Shannon,’ he said. And he suggested that the business people of the south west would be well able to take control of the airport.

‘The people of the south west spent a lot of money on a ferry but in the end it just didn’t happen. But I am quite sure those same people would be well able to get involved in the airport,’ he said.

‘I am not qualified to say if the people running the airport are fit to run it, because I don’t know them, but the people there don’t care about the Eugene Scallys or the people of the South West. Waiting until 2019 is just kicking it out further,’ he said.

He added that it was a disgrace that the old terminal was now ‘just rotting away’. ‘And what they are charging in the car parks doesn’t help,’ he said. ‘I have always had very strong feelings about it,’ he told the Star.’ And then I look at what Ryanair have done in other places. He is cheap and cheerful and we all give out, but we all travel with him,’ he said of Michael O’Leary. ‘Give it to him for five years and see the volume of people he will drive through it.’

He said that there were many more ‘Willie Walshs’ who would be willing to take on the airport. ‘Letting it go independent wouldn’t be the worst thing for it.’

Eugene ScallyA PROMINENT West Cork businessmn has said an independently-run Cork Airport might be the best way forward.

Eugene Scally, right, owner of the award-winning Clonakilty-based Scally’s SuperValu, said it was time that airport management faced up to the fact that ‘the ‘shackles’ need to be taken off the airport, like they were in Shannon.

‘For too long, the airport was pushed into a corner. It was too easy for people to put it at the bottom of the pile,’ he said. Speaking to The Southern Star, Mr Scally said he could see there was something of a ‘battle’ between Ryanair and airport management.

‘If people would only see the revenue they could have, even if they only had 20 planes a week flying out, they would bring such job creation to the south west – through B&Bs, hotel nights, care hire, food and beverage firms, and more.’

But he added that the decision to keep the airport in State ownership, until at least 2019, was only ‘pushing the problem out’.

‘The shackles need to be taken off the airport, like they were in Shannon,’ he said. And he suggested that the business people of the south west would be well able to take control of the airport.

‘The people of the south west spent a lot of money on a ferry but in the end it just didn’t happen. But I am quite sure those same people would be well able to get involved in the airport,’ he said.

‘I am not qualified to say if the people running the airport are fit to run it, because I don’t know them, but the people there don’t care about the Eugene Scallys or the people of the South West. Waiting until 2019 is just kicking it out further,’ he said.

He added that it was a disgrace that the old terminal was now ‘just rotting away’. ‘And what they are charging in the car parks doesn’t help,’ he said. ‘I have always had very strong feelings about it,’ he told the Star.’ And then I look at what Ryanair have done in other places. He is cheap and cheerful and we all give out, but we all travel with him,’ he said of Michael O’Leary. ‘Give it to him for five years and see the volume of people he will drive through it.’

He said that there were many more ‘Willie Walshs’ who would be willing to take on the airport. ‘Letting it go independent wouldn’t be the worst thing for it.’

Eugene ScallyA PROMINENT West Cork businessmn has said an independently-run Cork Airport might be the best way forward.

Eugene Scally, right, owner of the award-winning Clonakilty-based Scally’s SuperValu, said it was time that airport management faced up to the fact that ‘the ‘shackles’ need to be taken off the airport, like they were in Shannon.

‘For too long, the airport was pushed into a corner. It was too easy for people to put it at the bottom of the pile,’ he said. Speaking to The Southern Star, Mr Scally said he could see there was something of a ‘battle’ between Ryanair and airport management.

‘If people would only see the revenue they could have, even if they only had 20 planes a week flying out, they would bring such job creation to the south west – through B&Bs, hotel nights, care hire, food and beverage firms, and more.’

But he added that the decision to keep the airport in State ownership, until at least 2019, was only ‘pushing the problem out’.

‘The shackles need to be taken off the airport, like they were in Shannon,’ he said. And he suggested that the business people of the south west would be well able to take control of the airport.

‘The people of the south west spent a lot of money on a ferry but in the end it just didn’t happen. But I am quite sure those same people would be well able to get involved in the airport,’ he said.

‘I am not qualified to say if the people running the airport are fit to run it, because I don’t know them, but the people there don’t care about the Eugene Scallys or the people of the South West. Waiting until 2019 is just kicking it out further,’ he said.

He added that it was a disgrace that the old terminal was now ‘just rotting away’. ‘And what they are charging in the car parks doesn’t help,’ he said. ‘I have always had very strong feelings about it,’ he told the Star.’ And then I look at what Ryanair have done in other places. He is cheap and cheerful and we all give out, but we all travel with him,’ he said of Michael O’Leary. ‘Give it to him for five years and see the volume of people he will drive through it.’

He said that there were many more ‘Willie Walshs’ who would be willing to take on the airport. ‘Letting it go independent wouldn’t be the worst thing for it.’

Eugene ScallyA PROMINENT West Cork businessmn has said an independently-run Cork Airport might be the best way forward.

Eugene Scally, right, owner of the award-winning Clonakilty-based Scally’s SuperValu, said it was time that airport management faced up to the fact that ‘the ‘shackles’ need to be taken off the airport, like they were in Shannon.

‘For too long, the airport was pushed into a corner. It was too easy for people to put it at the bottom of the pile,’ he said. Speaking to The Southern Star, Mr Scally said he could see there was something of a ‘battle’ between Ryanair and airport management.

‘If people would only see the revenue they could have, even if they only had 20 planes a week flying out, they would bring such job creation to the south west – through B&Bs, hotel nights, care hire, food and beverage firms, and more.’

But he added that the decision to keep the airport in State ownership, until at least 2019, was only ‘pushing the problem out’.

‘The shackles need to be taken off the airport, like they were in Shannon,’ he said. And he suggested that the business people of the south west would be well able to take control of the airport.

‘The people of the south west spent a lot of money on a ferry but in the end it just didn’t happen. But I am quite sure those same people would be well able to get involved in the airport,’ he said.

‘I am not qualified to say if the people running the airport are fit to run it, because I don’t know them, but the people there don’t care about the Eugene Scallys or the people of the South West. Waiting until 2019 is just kicking it out further,’ he said.

He added that it was a disgrace that the old terminal was now ‘just rotting away’. ‘And what they are charging in the car parks doesn’t help,’ he said. ‘I have always had very strong feelings about it,’ he told the Star.’ And then I look at what Ryanair have done in other places. He is cheap and cheerful and we all give out, but we all travel with him,’ he said of Michael O’Leary. ‘Give it to him for five years and see the volume of people he will drive through it.’

He said that there were many more ‘Willie Walshs’ who would be willing to take on the airport. ‘Letting it go independent wouldn’t be the worst thing for it.’

Eugene ScallyA PROMINENT West Cork businessmn has said an independently-run Cork Airport might be the best way forward.

Eugene Scally, right, owner of the award-winning Clonakilty-based Scally’s SuperValu, said it was time that airport management faced up to the fact that ‘the ‘shackles’ need to be taken off the airport, like they were in Shannon.

‘For too long, the airport was pushed into a corner. It was too easy for people to put it at the bottom of the pile,’ he said. Speaking to The Southern Star, Mr Scally said he could see there was something of a ‘battle’ between Ryanair and airport management.

‘If people would only see the revenue they could have, even if they only had 20 planes a week flying out, they would bring such job creation to the south west – through B&Bs, hotel nights, care hire, food and beverage firms, and more.’

But he added that the decision to keep the airport in State ownership, until at least 2019, was only ‘pushing the problem out’.

‘The shackles need to be taken off the airport, like they were in Shannon,’ he said. And he suggested that the business people of the south west would be well able to take control of the airport.

‘The people of the south west spent a lot of money on a ferry but in the end it just didn’t happen. But I am quite sure those same people would be well able to get involved in the airport,’ he said.

‘I am not qualified to say if the people running the airport are fit to run it, because I don’t know them, but the people there don’t care about the Eugene Scallys or the people of the South West. Waiting until 2019 is just kicking it out further,’ he said.

He added that it was a disgrace that the old terminal was now ‘just rotting away’. ‘And what they are charging in the car parks doesn’t help,’ he said. ‘I have always had very strong feelings about it,’ he told the Star.’ And then I look at what Ryanair have done in other places. He is cheap and cheerful and we all give out, but we all travel with him,’ he said of Michael O’Leary. ‘Give it to him for five years and see the volume of people he will drive through it.’

He said that there were many more ‘Willie Walshs’ who would be willing to take on the airport. ‘Letting it go independent wouldn’t be the worst thing for it.’

Eugene ScallyA PROMINENT West Cork businessmn has said an independently-run Cork Airport might be the best way forward.

Eugene Scally, right, owner of the award-winning Clonakilty-based Scally’s SuperValu, said it was time that airport management faced up to the fact that ‘the ‘shackles’ need to be taken off the airport, like they were in Shannon.

‘For too long, the airport was pushed into a corner. It was too easy for people to put it at the bottom of the pile,’ he said. Speaking to The Southern Star, Mr Scally said he could see there was something of a ‘battle’ between Ryanair and airport management.

‘If people would only see the revenue they could have, even if they only had 20 planes a week flying out, they would bring such job creation to the south west – through B&Bs, hotel nights, care hire, food and beverage firms, and more.’

But he added that the decision to keep the airport in State ownership, until at least 2019, was only ‘pushing the problem out’.

‘The shackles need to be taken off the airport, like they were in Shannon,’ he said. And he suggested that the business people of the south west would be well able to take control of the airport.

‘The people of the south west spent a lot of money on a ferry but in the end it just didn’t happen. But I am quite sure those same people would be well able to get involved in the airport,’ he said.

‘I am not qualified to say if the people running the airport are fit to run it, because I don’t know them, but the people there don’t care about the Eugene Scallys or the people of the South West. Waiting until 2019 is just kicking it out further,’ he said.

He added that it was a disgrace that the old terminal was now ‘just rotting away’. ‘And what they are charging in the car parks doesn’t help,’ he said. ‘I have always had very strong feelings about it,’ he told the Star.’ And then I look at what Ryanair have done in other places. He is cheap and cheerful and we all give out, but we all travel with him,’ he said of Michael O’Leary. ‘Give it to him for five years and see the volume of people he will drive through it.’

He said that there were many more ‘Willie Walshs’ who would be willing to take on the airport. ‘Letting it go independent wouldn’t be the worst thing for it.’

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