Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism, and Sport Marc Mac Sharry TD says the Minister for Transport should immediately review the interim report published by the Aviation Recovery Taskforce.

In their interim report published today, the Aviation Recovery Taskforce recommend the government “Urgently clarify the process and milestones to be reached in ameliorating the current 14-day recommended quarantine period”.

“I want to commend the Aviation Taskforce on their interim report. It is important that urgent guidance is provided to airlines on the reopening of the industry. While we await the full report, I believe Minister Ross needs to review the interim report as airlines need urgent clarity for the weeks and months ahead.

“The European Centre for Disease Control and European Air Safety Authority have designed and issued guidelines for safe resumption of air travel and countries have begun to reopen in Europe. While none of us want to undo the hard-fought gains by the Irish public in beating the spread of the coronavirus, we are some way behind our European neighbours in terms of air travel.

“Internal travel restrictions are easing, the hospitality and tourism sector is beginning to reopen, but without visitors from abroad it will be an extremely difficult summer and autumn in the sector.

“I am urging Minister Ross to examine what options are open to the government on the back of the taskforce report to ensure that our hospitality, retail and aviation sectors can reopen as soon as possible,” concluded Deputy Mac Sharry.