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.



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