City of Derry Airport has ‘suffered hugely’ says Dodds

Economy Minister Diane Dodds has acknowledged that the City of Derry Airport (CoDA) has ‘suffered hugely’ as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

She promised the Executive would do whatever it can to support aviation hubs.

Foyle MLA Gary Middleton asked the minister about the facility at the Stormont Economy Committee. “Airports are struggling, hundreds of jobs are on the line and we need to see those routes saved and protected,” he said.

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Ms. Dodds said: “This has been really difficult for airlines. For example, Belfast City Airport now has one direct flight to Heathrow per day. Belfast International Airport has no direct flights but it is operating its freight division and is working to ensure that crucial supplies are brought into Northern Ireland efficiently from GB. We thank it for continuing that operation.

“The City of Derry Airport has also suffered hugely through this, but we continue and will continue to support the public service obligation (PSO) route at that airport.”