Fears are growing over the future of an air service for the Aran Islands as the deadline for the termination of Aer Arann’s service comes closer.
Aer Arann will end its Public Service Obligation flights to the islands from December 6th.
In a dispute over the terms of its four year contract with the Government, Aer Arann served notice last June that it intended to end the four year PSO contract early.
The row between the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Aer Arann centres on an "adjustment" to the PSO payments made to the company, in the event it operates additional "non PSO" flights.
The service provider contends this makes the business unviable, the department maintains the contract clearly set out these terms.
Galway West Fianna Fail TD Eamon O Cuiv says these are very worrying times for staff at the company and in particular the islanders.
Deputy O Cuiv says he will be meeting with Minister of State Joe McHugh on Thursday and is hopeful of getting a clearer picture on the saga from that discussion.