The managing director of Ireland West Airport has described as “of vital importance” the restoration of flights into and out of regional Ireland, following the publication today of a draft report from the interim Aviation Taskforce.
Claremorris native Joe Gilmore is a member of the taskforce that has detailed to Shane Ross, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, recommendations on how to support both the restoration of air access to airports such as Knock and balanced regional development.
Although the final report is not due to be published until early July, the taskforce is requesting that Government recognise the need to prioritise and implement their initial recommendations to support the recovery of the aviation industry which has been drastically impacted by the worldwide travel restrictions in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The taskforce states that air transport underpins business and tourism, and so can be used to help resuscitate the national economy from the shock of Covid-19.
Welcoming the interim publication of the report, Joe Gilmore said Ireland West Airport would “look forward to working with Government on implementing the recommendations included in the report and shaping a recovery plan for the aviation sector in Ireland and most importantly promoting balanced regional development”.
Last Saturday, IWAK, which has been closed since the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown in late March, announced that it is to reopen and resume operations from Wednesday, July 1 with flights to Alicante, Faro, Malaga, Luton, Stansted, Liverpool, Bristol and East Midlands initially, and to Barcelona-Girona from August.