ALI & Taskforce for Aviation Recovery

On 10 June, the Department of Transport announced the establishment of a Taskforce for Aviation Recovery. The taskforce will develop a set of recommendations for government on how to promote the aviation industry’s return to service as a key driver of economic recovery. 
 
We are delighted that the Chair of ALI has been invited to participate in the Taskforce. Its focus in the near-term is to furnish government with an Aviation Recovery Action Plan no later than 10 July. Over the coming weeks, ALI members are invited to offer their input to this work. Please get in touch with the ALI Secretariat at any stage if you have suggestions.

The full membership of the Taskforce and its remit are set out below and  on the D/Transport website.  

Minister Ross announces new Taskforce for Aviation Recovery 
 
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross today (10/06/2020) announced a new expert taskforce, to examine and make recommendations to him on what needs to be done get Irish aviation back up again and working as a driver of economic recovery.  
 
Minister Ross said: “It is not hyperbole to say that the current Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on our aviation industry. Currently the vast majority of flights have been suspended and airlines, airports, other key aviation firms and all of their employees are facing a very uncertain future.  
 
We all know that as an island nation we are hugely dependent on the air traffic that connects us to the rest of the world; to our friends, relatives and our many business partners, north, south, east and west of the globe. 
 
Our overseas business or social interests, our much valued tourism industry and our many global connections and commitments - all are dependent on a thriving aviation industry. 
 
If we can’t fly, economically, we die.  
 
It is for that reason that I have established a taskforce of leaders to spearhead the rehabilitation of the aviation industry in a dynamic, swift and sustainable manner. They will be chaired by Chris Horn, Venture Partner at Atlantic Bridge, and have consented to give their considerable expertise voluntarily for the greater good of the industry, and indeed, the country.” 
 
The Aviation Taskforce is charged with advising on a framework for promoting the return of aviation connectivity and aviation enterprises that are critical to supporting the wider economic recovery.  The focus is on the immediate action required and further measures with a five year outlook.  It will prepare an Aviation Recovery Action Plan setting out recommendations for consideration by Government as appropriate. The Action Plan should be concluded and submitted by July 10th.   
 
Minister Ross added;  
“It is critical that Government, industry move together on a recovery plan for Irish aviation, balancing public health concerns and Government policy on travel to develop a clear pathway to recovery for the industry, for their customers, their staff and for the general public.  I would like to take this opportunity to wish the taskforce all the best in the coming challenging weeks and I thank them in advance for their service.” 
 
ENDS 
  
Notes for editors: 
 
The Taskforce is requested to prepare an Aviation Recovery Action Plan setting out recommendations for consideration by Ministers and Government as appropriate. 
 
In developing the Plan, the Taskforce will: 
 
  • have regard to the particular dependence of Ireland on air connectivity to support the various business, foreign direct investment, tourism and social linkages that underpin the economy and society; 
 
  • consider measures to counter the challenges arising from the Covid-19 crisis that will impact on the aviation market due to (1) the negative demand consequences arising from  reduced consumer confidence, changed behaviours for business meetings and the general economic slowdown/recession and (2) the negative supply consequences due to increased costs of service provision arising from public health requirements to stem the spread of the virus; 
 
  • consider the priorities for connectivity for business and tourism while acknowledging that the relaxation of restrictions on air travel is likely to occur on a phased basis determined in accordance with public health advice and by reference to the criteria outlined by the European Commission as a basis for an aligned European approach; 
 
  • appreciate that strategic interests, competitiveness, preservation of employment, sustainability considerations and regional balance are all important factors that must be balanced;  
 
  • have regard for the possible need for sustained application of the measures contained in the proposed Code of Practice for the management of airline passengers in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic being developed on the basis of the EASA/ECDC Guidelines; 
 
  • recommend policy initiatives to support recovery acknowledging that any  support through exchequer resources would have to be a last resort clearly grounded in a business case to support Ireland’s strategic interests; and 
 
  • identify any international initiatives at EU or global level that might support the recovery. 
 
Membership 
 
Chris Horn, Chairman Venture Partner at Atlantic Bridge 
Dalton Philips, CEO DAA 
Mary Considine, CEO Shannon Group 
Joe Gilmore, Managing Director IWAK 
David O’Brien, Commercial Director Ryanair 
Sean Doyle, CEO Aer Lingus 
Aengus Kelly, CEO AerCap 
David Swan, Chairman Aircraft Leasing Ireland 
Cathy Mannion, Commissioner Commission for Aviation Regulation 
Conor McCarthy, CEO Dublin Aerospace 
Niall Gibbons, CEO Tourism Ireland 
Patricia King, General Secretary ICTU 
Padraig O’Ceidigh Entrepreneur and former Senator 
Cathal Guiomard Lecturer, Aviation Management, DCU 
Fintan Towey, Assistant Secretary Assistant Secretary, DTTaS