Air Navigation and Transport Bill 2020 – Support for Aer Lingus
In the Dáil this month, I spoke about Aer Lingus. The company is under massive financial liquidity stress at the moment. We must provide meaningful support and financial intervention for our national carrier.
The Irish State needs a strategic aircraft to move our people around, evacuate citizens from abroad and transport aid overseas, which could very easily be flown by the Air Corps.
Why not purchase a surplus, unused aircraft from Aer Lingus for the State to help carry out these tasks?
Aer Lingus could also be used more effectively to rotate Irish peacekeeping troops abroad. This would enable us to provide some liquidity support to the company through commercial means.