The Irish government plans to allocate a total of 90 million euros in aid to the country’s airports in order to help them recover from the damage caused by the Corona virus.
However, the Irish government still needed EU approval to take such a step, while the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Transport, Hilderad Naughton, confirmed that the country’s government had begun seeking European Commission approval for aid, TheSchengen.com reports.
Notten stressed that earlier this year, the European Union agreed to the government’s proposal to provide a total of 20 million euros to help airlines get out of the current crisis sparked by the Corona virus.
Through this agreement, Dublin Airport received 17.7 million euros, Knock received 1.9 million euros, Cork received 1.4 million euros, Shannon 920,000 euros, Kerry 913665 euros, and Donegal 142,342 euros.
According to Minister Naughton, the additional financial assistance will allow the airport to “do what it does best” and reach an agreement with airlines for the restoration of major routes, particularly those linking Irish territory with North America.
“We have started to engage with the European Commission to expand that to 90 million euros,” Notten noted.
In this regard, Dalton Phillips, Chief Executive Officer of Dublin Airport Authority, confirmed that business at Dublin and Cork airports has been severely affected by the decline in passenger numbers over the past two years.
“Together we have a long journey to travel as we seek to reconnect Ireland with the rest of the world and fulfill our role as an economic enabler of the Irish economy in terms of trade, tourism and social connectivity. We obviously welcome the actions announced in today’s budget and look forward to rebuilding our long and short distance networks from my two airports Dublin and Cork based on the strength of these support,” Phillips revealed.
On July 19, Ireland opened its doors to travelers from European Union member states, as well as to travelers from the United Kingdom and the United States.
In addition, from mid-July, the country also allowed entry to fully vaccinated travelers against the Coronavirus, as the country launched the EU COVID-19 passport which was created to facilitate the travel process for fully vaccinated travelers from EU countries.
However, according to the figure provided by the World Health Organization, Ireland has recorded a total of 404,514 cases of COVID-19 and 5,280 deaths.
The same source shows that a total of 1,357 people have tested positive for the virus in Ireland in the last 24 hours.
However, despite these numbers, the authorities in Ireland are trying to find new effective ways to deal with the current situation of COVID-19 and help their industries, especially the travel and tourism industry, recover from the COVID-19 situation.
The Irish government plans to allocate €36 million in aid to regional airports next year, which will be used for specific projects such as sustainability projects.
A total of €90 million will be allocated to air travel as part of the €286 million available from Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Michael McGrath, as financial assistance to get out of the current COVID-19 crisis.