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Covid-19: Ports and Airports in Northern Ireland Need ‘Urgent Help’

7th April 2020
In this aerial view of Belfast Harbour's port estate note alongside on the left is the George Best Belfast City Airport, one of two that serve the Ulster capital. In this aerial view of Belfast Harbour's port estate note alongside on the left is the George Best Belfast City Airport, one of two that serve the Ulster capital. Photo: Belfast Harbour-facebook

Ports and airports need urgent help to endure the coronavirus crisis, Northern Ireland’s Stormont ministers said.

They asked Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to introduce special measures.

Commercial air travel has dwindled with the demise of Flybe and easyJet’s decision to ground its entire fleet.

Freight operators using ferries have expressed mounting concern about the viability of services when there are fewer return loads available.

I will continue to press for critical support to protect our economy and most importantly our community at this difficult time

Northern Ireland Finance Minister Conor Murphy said: “It was a productive phone call with Grant Shapps and Secretary of State, Brandon Lewis.

More from this story reports the Irish Examiner.

Afloat adds asides Belfast Harbour and the Port of Larne, there are commercial ports located in London/Derry (Foyleport), Coleraine and Warrenpoint. 

Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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