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DUP East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson has pressed the Government during Northern Ireland Questions in the House of Commons to step up support for air connectivity between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.

Mr Wilson said,

“As we look towards recovery, air connectivity is vital for all sectors. At the moment it has practically ceased. This has called into question the very survival of some of our airports.

We need the Government to stand alongside all our airports including Belfast International. Current supports need to be maintained and strengthened. The Government must also once and for all scrap Air Passenger Duty. It was always a tax which hampered regional connectivity and now in these circumstances the case for its removal could not be stronger.

With very few flights taking place, we also need to see the Government step in to ensure airlines which connect places like Northern Ireland to London and the rest of the United Kingdom are able to survive this crisis.”