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In a letter to the Prime Minister, organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Future of Aviation Paul has acknowledged that the latest restrictions were a necessary measure to protect the UK public from the spread of new variants of COVID-19 but highlight that these industries need urgent support to recover from the devastating impacts of the pandemic.

Commenting the DUP South Antrim representative said:

The closure of all travel corridors are a necessary measure to protect the public from new variants of COVID-19 but will be another significant blow to industries which have faced the pandemic without the same levels of support afforded to other sectors.

We know that our airports in Northern Ireland have been hit very badly over the past 12 months. I have been working closely with Belfast International Airport in my constituency to lobby for greater government support for the aviation sector.

Our aviation, travel and tourism industries have been amongst the hardest hit by the pandemic sadly leading to job losses and leaving our world class aviation industry a shadow of its former self.

These businesses are vital not only to our local economy, but to our ability to bounce back from the devastating impacts of the pandemic and it is vital that the Government listen our call to support and protect the businesses, their supply chains, employees, and communities who have borne the brunt of the near total collapse of UK passenger numbers.

Our aviation, travel and tourism sectors are running on empty and I urge the Prime Minster to back these vital industries and deliver the support they so desperately need and deliver it now.”