The country’s airports and airlines were left disappointed after the Budget, which included only a small measure directly targeting support for them as they continue to be hit by the Covid crisis.
Minister for Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath, said that a support package of €10m is being made available for Shannon and Cork airports “to address challenges”, but did not specify what those supports would entail.
“The government is committed to supporting investment in our ports and airports, including at Dublin Port and Rosslare Europort,” said Mr McGrath.
The money earmarked for Shannon and Cork also comes after the European Council today introduced its much anticipated ‘traffic light’ system for travellers throughout the EU in response to the Covid pandemic.
It’s been heavily criticised by lobby group Airlines for Europe for not replacing quarantine with testing and falling “far short of what it was supposed to deliver”.