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Derry has already got funding to increase the size of the runway. I dont think it is likely that ryanair will pull ot and its only a matter of time before more flights are available to and from city of derry airport. there is a lot of controversy over this, as the decision to increase the size of the runway was not decided by derry city council (who own the airport) but by ryanair as they threatened to pull out because their new planes were too big. but the development is taking place none the less.

http://www.nics.gov.uk/press/rd/050324j-rd.htm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/4379505.stm
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I remember reading that, but that was almost a year ago. As far as I’m aware, there’s been no developments on this. Any info you have would be very useful. Maybe I’ve missed the boat, is building already under way? A lot of Ryanair’s profits come from Ireland to Great Britain routes and vice versa, so Derry could make them a lot of money. However, don’t think for one second that O’Leary won’t pull Ryanair out if it doesn’t bring in the money right away. The Liverpool route will probably succeed because of it’s large Irish community.

with regards the awakenings conference. i am dissapointed it cannot be held in the place it originated, but theres not much that can be done about that now. i do feel that keeping the conference in the one spot each year is much better as its name will grow. Derry/ donegal has 1 established games company (torc), 1 emerging company (phooka) and a whole batch of future game designers working in the incubation centre in nwifhe. as well as dublin i think derry should be established as a digital hub also.

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I understand your argument, but I still think it should be in different locations around Ireland. Derry gained a boost from holding the event. Cities like Dublin and Belfast deserve the same opportunity to get that boost. I’m sure it’ll be back in Derry before long!