8 MARCH 2021


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Article from BTNews 8 MARCH 2021

Aer Lingus financial support

Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s former prime minister and current deputy prime minister, has confirmed to The Dáil, the lower house of the Irish parliament, that the government is engaged in confidential talks with Aer Lingus regarding financial support and that the airline will survive the current crisis.

In a debate he pointed out that there was much indirect support for the country’s airports also.

“I say very clearly that Aer Lingus will not be allowed to fail. It is already receiving substantial financial support from the government both through the employment wage subsidy scheme and funding through the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund. Confidential discussions are underway involving the ministers of finance and transport on further support for the company so it can be there when we need it again,” he assured.

“We are in discussions with Aer Lingus to see what we can do to make sure the airline survives the pandemic and is there to enable connectivity whenever we can get flying again,” he added. 


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