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Plea for air and sea ports bailout in Northern Ireland

Words: Roger Milne
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Stormont ministers have insisted that air and sea ports in the province need urgent help to survive the Covid-19 crisis.

They have asked UK transport secretary Grant Shapps to introduce special measures.

Commercial air travel has dwindled with the demise of Flybe and easyJet’s decision to ground its entire fleet, and freight operators using ferries have expressed mounting concern about the viability of services when there are fewer return loads available.

Finance minister Conor Murphy said he hoped that the UK Government would deliver the support needed to maintain business links in the short term and ensure links “remain in place now and when we enter the economic recovery stage”.

Infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon said the economic impact was being acutely felt. She stressed: “Maintaining connectivity is vitally important and I will continue to work with executive colleagues engaging with the representatives of ports and airports to ensure that no effort will be spared to ensure that happens.”

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