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Q&A: Aviation industry needs a plan so it can take off again

 

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Ryanair said that without restored airline capacity, “all other customer and tourism initiatives are futile”. Photo: REUTERS/Phil Noble

Ryanair said that without restored airline capacity, “all other customer and tourism initiatives are futile”. Photo: REUTERS/Phil Noble

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Ryanair said that without restored airline capacity, “all other customer and tourism initiatives are futile”. Photo: REUTERS/Phil Noble

It's clear that Ireland's aviation industry urgently needs a plan to get it moving again.

The debris from the sector's crash is already littered across the country. Aer Lingus plans to axe 500 jobs and Ryanair warned last month that it might slash 3,000. CityJet is in examinership, while Stobart Air, which operates the Aer Lingus Regional service, is also letting as many as 150 staff go.

The seismic impact has hit more than just the airlines. Ireland West Airport Knock has been closed since March. Between Dublin and Cork airports, hundreds of staff are likely to be either let go or put on career breaks. Shannon Airport has also been hit hard.