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Old 24th Sep 2018, 10:18
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Originally Posted by davidjohnson6 View Post
In June earlier this year, Aer Arann Island who hold the PSO to Inis Mor, Meain and Oirr from Connemara gave notice that they wpuld terminate service in Dec 2018 after a commercial dispute.
3 months ago it seemed like thiscwas just a negotiating tactic to get a bit more cash out of Dublin but 20 staff have now received letters warning things are not looking good

Does anyone think there will not be a new PSO operator ?
After the Galway / helicopter fiasco of a few years ago, is Aer Arann Islands the only potential bidder for a new PSO tender ? If not, who else has access to appropriate aircraft and crew in sufficient numbers and would be a competent candidate to fill the PSO air transport requirements ?
There are very few potential bidders with the relevant experience and fleet: Loganair, Directflight/Hebridean, and Isles of Scilly Skybus are the only ones that come to mind (yes, there's FLN in the Frisian Islands too) but I don't know whether any of them are in the mood for expansion.

The other obstacle to the entry of an external bidder is that the mainland airfield used for these flights (Connemara Airfield, IATA:NNR/ICAO: EICA) is IIRC owned by an associated company of Aer Arann Islands.

I continue to think that this is hardball negotiation and that the most likely final conclusion will be a revised contract for the existing operator, but one which will eliminate the existing contract's "fines" for non-PSO operations.
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