Government Plan for Aviation Required Immediately

Speaking in relation to the real possibility of airport closure following the fall in passenger numbers of over 90%, the withdrawal of routes and airlines and the threatened Ryanair base closure Conor Healy, Cork Chamber CEO said:
 
“Government focus on the aviation sector and our airports must rapidly intensify and the Oireachtas Transport committee must convene immediately to understand from the Minister for Transport, government’s plan for the future of Irish aviation and Cork Airport. Without the land-based connectivity enjoyed by our continental neighbours we are deeply bound to and reliant on air travel to sustain our connectivity and economy. Other EU States have acted decisively to support aviation.”
 
“Any further airline withdrawal would be utterly detrimental to connectivity in Cork. Minister Ryan must swiftly outline and implement a plan for aviation, or we will suffer the consequences for years to come.”
 
In conclusion, Conor Healy said “Airport testing systems, capital expenditure, route marketing and rapid agreement of a common EU approach are absolutely essential. Once EU agreement is reached, we must be ready to facilitate the agreed protocols immediately thereafter. Anything less will spell disaster for the industry, tourism and wider economy.”