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Dómhnal Slattery, chief executive of Dublin-based aircraft leasing giant Avolon. Photo: Felix Clay

Dómhnal Slattery, chief executive of Dublin-based aircraft leasing giant Avolon. Photo: Felix Clay

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Dómhnal Slattery, chief executive of Dublin-based aircraft leasing giant Avolon. Photo: Felix Clay

The government needs to be “brave” and accelerate plans to fully reopen Ireland’s aviation sector, according to Dómhnal Slattery, the chief executive of Dublin-based aircraft leasing giant Avolon.

His warning comes as Dublin-based Stobart Air collapsed into liquidation over the weekend. The company, owned by the UK’s Esken group, operated the Aer Lingus Regional service on a contract basis and had employed close to 500 people.

“The rest of the world has moved on in a very significant way and Ireland needs to get it back together in that regard,” said Mr Slattery, speaking from New York.


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