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The Executive has secured £5.7million support for Belfast City Airport (BCA), City of Derry Airport (CODA) and to those associated airlines still operating passenger services.

The financial support package, to be joint funded by the Executive and the Department for Transport, will assist these airports and airlines which continue to keep our passenger air bridge with GB open during the COVID-19 emergency.

This support will ensure NI airports continue their key role as gateways to connect people and places for a period of three months.

Economy Minister Diane Dodds said: “Maintaining air connectivity with the GB mainland is critical, especially during this COVID-19 crisis period. Hence I am delighted that the lifeline passenger flights from the City of Derry Airport and Belfast City Airport to London are being supported over the forthcoming months. I have engaged with the UK Chancellor and both the Transport and Northern Ireland Secretaries of State to deliver this. I also wish to acknowledge the support of my Executive colleagues, especially the Ministers for Infrastructure and Finance, who have been vital in this process. I would also like to highlight the tremendous work being done by Belfast International Airport, which is open 24/7 to maintain our vital freight links with the world.”