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Published on April 15th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer

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NCADF Calls on Government to Urgently Finalise & Facilitate Aviation Restart Plan

The members of the National Civil Aviation Development Forum (NCADF) has issued a statement to coincide with the publication of Ireland’s Aviation Restart Plan 2021 by the NCADF Regulatory Working Group. The NCADF was launched by the then Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe on 1st February 2016. The establishment of the Forum is one of the specific actions contained in the National Aviation Policy for Ireland which was published in August 2015 following an extensive consultation process that commenced back in December 2012.

“On 5th March, the Steering Committee of the NCADF and wider industry stakeholders met with Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan, and Minister of State for International and Road Transport and Logistics, Hildegarde Naughton, where it was agreed that the industry and the Government needed to urgently develop an exit strategy from the current Covid-19 restrictions in order to re-establish Ireland’s international connectivity and enable the recovery of the aviation sector. The Aviation Restart Plan published today by the NCADF sets out a balanced and evidence-based approach to enable the recommencement of aviation and the restoration of Ireland’s connectivity. It contains a comprehensive set of recommendations which, if finalised and implemented, can facilitate the restoration of connectivity whilst continuing to protect public health. The NCADF looks forward to Government urgently taking the required steps to enable the finalisation of the plan in order to allow it to be implemented. The aviation sector works to long lead-times and in order to be ready to respond to demand in the coming months as vaccination levels reach critical mass, tangible parameters must be set to enable our industry to plan for the re-opening of international travel, including for the removal of the ban on all non-essential international travel and any requirement for hotel quarantine.” 

The National Civil Aviation Development Forum contains the CEO’s of the industry members from Aer Lingus, Ryanair, DAA, Ireland West Airport, Shannon Airport Authority and the Irish Business Employers Confederation (IBEC)

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