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Crowe calls for supports to prevent COVID-19 closing Shannon Airport

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*Honorary Consul of France Dr Loïc Guyon pictured (second from right) at Shannon Airport with Cllr. Tony O’Brien (Twinning Committee of Clare County Council), Cathal Crowe TD and Ann Reynolds (Corporate Services).

Shannon Airport will be in need of a major investment package to give necessary supports once the current health emergency subsides, a Clare TD has highlighted.

Impacts of COVID-19 will be felt in Shannon for a long, Cathal Crowe TD (FF) has stated. He is adamant Shannon Airport must be included in a strategy for the Irish aviation sector. The Fianna Fáil party has written to the European Commissioner for Mobility seeking a discussion on the European response to this crisis and to examine means to support Irish airports and airlines.

Crowe claimed “successive governments have not maximised its potential”. This he believes has led to a decline in market share and passenger numbers. Chances of a turnaround now seem “impossible”, the Clare TD said. “It had been hoped that the situation would improve in 2020, but with the Coronavirus public health emergency and travel restrictions, it seems impossible that any progress will be made this year”.

“Shannon has been hugely impacted by COVID-19, and the effects will be felt long after the worst of this virus is over. As an island nation, we rely heavily on our airports for international connectivity and economic opportunities. Pre-clearance was a game-changer for Shannon, and once travel begins again we should be targeting the European and transatlantic markets, encouraging more airlines to use Shannon as a hub and avail of pre-clearance into the States”.

Regional airports such as Shannon Airport require “targeted investment”, Crowe maintained “to ensure that they are not forced to close as a result of this pandemic. Shannon is particularly important for the future of the Mid-West and Western region and must be prioritised”.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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