The Government needs to petition the European Commission to relax State-aid rules to help regional airports like Donegal and Knock to develop and expand.
That’s the call from Midlands North West MEP Chris MacManus. He was speaking in the European Parliament where MEPs are voting this week on whether to keep some pandemic-era exceptions for the aviation sector. But Mr MacManus says those rules only benefit bigger airports.
He is arguing that EU rules need to be changed to allow more state aid to be forthcoming for regional airports: