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.
Ireland is also a global hub for the world's aircraft leasing industry, employing thousands of people. They're also being hit as the bulk of the world's airline fleets remain grounded, as is the tourism sector.
The Taskforce for Aviation Recovery, established by the Government, yesterday set out its initial recommendations. But what do they mean and what needs to be done before the aviation industry finds itself out of fuel and unable to take off?
What do the airlines, airports and others want?
Aer Lingus told the taskforce that it should recommend the immediate removal of the 14-day quarantine period for inbound passengers from countries where "similar containment" of the virus has occurred. It said the removal should come by June 29. The DAA, the semi-State company that operates Dublin and Cork airports, asked for a similar move.
Ryanair said that without restored airline capacity, "all other customer and tourism initiatives are futile". The International Air Transport Association, which represents most of the world's airlines, said Ireland's quarantine policy "remains a major blocker to any meaningful restart" for the sector. The Irish Aviation Authority told the taskforce that Ireland should prioritise the reopening of transatlantic travel from September.
Will the proposals by the taskforce mean the end of the 'air-bridge' plan?
The air-bridge plan previously raised by the Government would see Ireland reopening air routes to countries that also have evidence of strong containment of the virus. The taskforce said yesterday that Ireland was now significantly behind other countries in lifting border restrictions. It urged the Government to "urgently clarify the process and milestones" necessary to ease travel restrictions, so that those restrictions can be eased by July 1. While it doesn't specifically mention the air-bridge proposals, they might still end up being the first phase of the easing of restrictions.
What will air travel look and feel like?
Different. The taskforce wants a code of travel "urgently concluded". Many airlines are already making passengers wear face masks, while onboard food and beverage sales are either non-existent or severely curtailed. The DAA said that almost 1,000 hand sanitisers had been installed at Dublin and Cork airports, while 760 protective plexiglass screens were in place and 10,000 new signs installed to advise on social distancing and hand hygiene.