Cork Airport to liaise with Government on extension to travel restrictions

Cork Airport to liaise with Government on extension to travel restrictions

Cork Airport have put measures in place to ensure the safety of passengers and staff in the airport.

The extension of travel restrictions announced by the Government this week was not what the Aviation Recovery Taskforce had recommended, according to a spokesperson from Cork Airport.

A relaxation of travel rules between Ireland and certain countries was due to come into effect this week, but has now been pushed out to July 20.

Public health advice is that people should self-isolate for 14 days on arrival to Ireland, and people are also being asked to avoid all non essential travel.

The Aviation Recovery Taskforce, which is made up of representatives from across the industry, had recommended in its interim report that international travel restrictions begin to be lifted from July 1.

Cork Airport, who are represented on the taskforce by daa, have said they will continue to liaise with the Government on the issue.

A spokesperson said: “The Aviation Recovery Taskforce, which comprised a range of members from the industry, from business and from other quarters and included Cork Airport’s views via daa had recommended in its interim report that the Government begin to lift international travel restrictions from July 1.

“The new Government has announced that those restrictions will now be in place until at least July 20 and that the intention is to publish a green list of countries with similar levels of the virus to Ireland and to ease the travel restrictions between the State and those countries.

“There is a balance to be struck between how the State deals with the public health crisis while also working to allow the Irish economy to reopen. These are very difficult decisions and we will continue to liaise with Government as part of the Aviation Recovery Task Force."

Last week Cork Airport told The Echo that relaxing quarantine rules on entering Ireland is necessary to reopen “inbound and outbound tourism” and to save jobs in the aviation, tourism and hospitality sectors.

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