FIE has lodged formal complaints with the European Commission's Regional Directorate and the Environmental Directorate as well as the Irish Minister for Transport objecting to the use of Public Service Obligations to subsidise short distance flights from Dublin. Subsidies already range from €53 each way for Dublin-Galway to €290 per passenger each way for Knock-Dublin. Four of the routes for which tenders are being sought compete directly with a direct rail service to Dublin while rail passenger subsidies are under €5 per passenger. Subsidies for internal short haul flights are a socially regressive transfer of wealth from the exchequer to the higher income users of the service as well as contradicting stated public policy of favoring public transport.

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FIE has lodged formal complaints with the European Commission's Regional Directorate and the Environmental Directorate as well as the Irish Minister for Transport objecting to the use of Public Service Obligations to subsidise short distance flights from Dublin. Subsidies already range from €53 each way for Dublin-Galway to €290 per passenger each way for Knock-Dublin. Four of the routes for which tenders are being sought compete directly with a direct rail service to Dublin while rail passenger subsidies are under €5 per passenger. Subsidies for internal short haul flights are a socially regressive transfer of wealth from the exchequer to the higher income users of the service as well as contradicting stated public policy of favoring public transport.

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