Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Tuesday, 5 February 2019
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach
Currently, aviation law for EU member states is covered by the single European skies agreement. In the absence of that, there would have to be an agreement in place to cover how access would be managed and the circumstances under which it would happen. One of the key issues, on which I know the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has been engaging, is that a key principle of European aviation is that any air carrier wishing to operate in the single aviation market has to have a majority ownership of EU nationals. Time is being allowed to international airlines to restructure to ensure that the access they currently have across the EU is maintained for a period.