State to inject €20m into airports ahead of travel resumption

Move follows intense pressure on government from an aviation sector haemorrhaging millions due to the pandemic

Passengers wearing facemasks at Dublin Airport last August: international travel is scheduled to resume next month. Picture: Getty

The government is to begin distributing a €20 million support fund to state airports in the coming weeks in advance of a return to international travel next month.

Eamon Ryan, the transport minister, will distribute the funding from the Covid-19 Supplementary Support Scheme to Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports ahead of the adoption of the EU Digital Green Cert and resumption of non-essential overseas travel on July 19.

Ryan’s department believes the funds will allow ...