Jack Quann
Jack Quann

13.53 20 Jun 2020


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Spain and Portugal "are set up" for an air bridge with Ireland, according to the head of the Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA).

Air bridges are travel agreements between states that have low transmission rates.

Both countries have to be willing to accept departure screening for passengers.

Pat Dawson told Down to Business moves to link up certain countries is seen as a positive step.

"The positivity of air bridges which the Taoiseach spoke about over the last couple of weeks, I think this is a very, very good idea".

He explained: "Spain and Portugal are already set up for that, and they're the major countries where we visit.

"What happens is a country like Ireland would match a country like Spain, and say for example, you've maybe 10 or 15 cases - which is too many - in Spain or in Portugal and that matches with us, the height of where we are with the virus.

"If they match up and both countries look safe together and to work together and the airport is on top of things - both here and abroad - that's what they call an air bridge.

"I expect those to start looking, talking to government and talking to different airports and airlines.

"I think there'll certainly be many more aircraft in the sky, be it the 9th or 16th of July".

"Of course paramount, Bobby, is the safety of our consumers... If it's safe to go, great.

"With our industry, [we're] working with the inbound and the outbound - so the outbound is as important as the inbound to fill aircraft.

"The economy is affected by the fact of the regulations we have at the moment.

"And particularly our home industry is also very important to the Irish Travel Agents Association, because many of those people book with us when the season is over".

"The growth of the economy, and the way the economy is, is vital to the growth and our sector to get back in business".

Spain and Portugal 'set up' for air bridge with Ireland

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Main image: Newly arrived passengers leave Palma de Mallorca Airport in Spain. Picture by: Clara Margais/DPA/PA Images

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