The Covid-19 pandemic has had a "devastating" impact on regional airports, which will need multi-annual funding from the Government to ensure their survival over the coming years.
That's according to the CEO of Galway Chamber of Commerce Kenny Deery, a native of Achill Island, who says airports in the west of the country are "viable but vulnerable".
A joint statement has been issued by Chambers across the West, calling for a clear pathway to reopening the aviation sector.
The group was reacting to the news last week that Aer Lingus is to permanently close its cabin crew base at Shannon Airport.
Meanwhile, Ireland West Airport Knock remains closed since the start of this year, due the lockdown restrictions.
Dublin Airport currently accounts for over 90% of air traffic in and out of this country, with 5 airports competing for the rest, according to Kenny Deery, who told Midwest Radio that he believes regional airports - like Knock - are underused.....