Aviation Taskforce

  • Joe Gilmore, managing director of Ireland West Airport Knock, has been appointed to the new National Taskforce for Aviation Recovery.

    Transport Minister Shane Ross yesterday announced the members of the new taskforce, which will make recommendations to the Minister on what needs to be done to get Irish aviation back up and running after the Covid-19 pandemic, as a major driver of economic recovery.

    The vast majority of flights into and out of Ireland have been suspended due to Covid-19, while Ireland West Airport Knock has been closed since late March.

    The new taskforce, comprising of industry leaders, will submit an action plan to Government by 10th July, focusing on the immediate action required, and further measures with a 5-year outlook.

    Ireland West Airport's managing director Joe Gilmore says these are unprecedented times for the aviation and tourism industry, and in particular airports which are facing into a prolonged period of reduced flights and passenger demand, combined with a major decline in commercial income.

    He says supporting and sustaining critical air access into regional Ireland is, now more than ever, of major importance as a driver for the recovery of the regional economy.


  • The Government has been advised to lift the 14 day quarantine for people arriving into Ireland by next Wednesday.

    The Aviation Recovery Taskforce was set up two weeks ago to make recommendations on how to help the Irish aviation sector to recover.

    It says Ireland is now significantly behind other European Union Member States when it comes to restoring air travel.

    Managing Director of Ireland West Airport Joe Gilmore, who's a member of the taskforce, says supporting and incentivising the restoration of critical air access into regional Ireland is of vital importance for the regional economy.

    The taskforce says it will follow its interim report with a final report early next month.

  • A leading medical professor claims lifting restrictions on air travel could cause a second wave of Covid-19 cases.

    The Aviation Recovery Taskforce believes the government should end the 14-day quarantine and lift border restrictions from next week.

    The taskforce recommendations will be discussed at a meeting of the National Public Health Emergency Team tomorrow.

    The prevalence of the virus here remains low, with 10 new cases and three deaths confirmed yesterday.

    Kingston Mills, professor of experimental immunology in Trinity College, says there'll be another spike if air travel resumes fully.

    However, Fianna Fáil's transport and tourism spokesman, Sligo TD Marc MacSharry, is calling on the government to implement the taskforce's recommendations and restart the aviation business.