A Sligo councillor says it would be a major mistake if people in the north west were to think that difficulties currently being experienced by the aviation industry applied only to Shannon or Dublin.
Sligo County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr. Dara Mulvey says Ireland West Airport and the airport at Strandhill in Sligo must be funded and utilized, particularly for transporting visitors into the region.
Cllr Mulvey was speaking amid fears that airlines operating in Ireland might move aircraft to more open markets that have less strict Covid-19 regulations.
The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications was told yesterday that thousands of jobs are at risk if the government fails to provide leadership, clarity and certainty for the aviation sector.
Clr Mulvey says the government must make restoration of the aviation sector a priority — including supporting Knock and Sligo airports.