Duffy supports calls for the banning of flights from Britain into COD Airport

Councillor Sandra Duffy has supported calls for Derry City and Strabane District Council to look at what options can happen at City of Derry Airport to ban flights from Britain.

Councillor Duffy said

“As Joint First Minister Michelle O’Neill has already said we are facing a very serious situation with the emergence of this new COVID variant in Britain.

“Sinn Féin proposed a travel ban to protect citizens and our health service which is under severe pressure. We were disappointed this proposal did not receive Executive support. In a local context there is a duty on us as elected representatives to look at what options can happen at the City of Derry Airport around the issue of banning flights from Britain and what implications that would have for the council.

“The rise in cases across the island is of high concern and we understand how difficult any new restrictions will be for people at this time of year, but they are necessary.

“This must be done on an all-Ireland basis and a joined-up approach offers the most effective way to prevent a rapid spread of the virus.

“This is not about politics, this is about saving lives.