Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Military Aircraft Landings
509. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 222 of 14 February 2019, if the only munitions on board the aircraft were unloaded personal weapons of troops of the United States of America. [8995/19]
510. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 222 of 14 February 2019, the procedures followed to check if there were weapons or munitions on board other than the unloaded personal weapons of troops in view of the fact that the destination of the aircraft was an airbase being used to support the Saudi Arabian and Emirati war against Yemen at a time of ceasefire. [8996/19]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 509 and 510 together.
This particular civil aircraft was granted an exemption for the carriage of munitions of war in respect of the personal weapons of the troops on board with no ammunition present pursuant to Article 5 of the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Orders, 1973 and 1989.
This exemption was granted as it met with the requirements for the grant of exemptions administered by my Department.
No objections were raised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with regard to matters of foreign policy, the Department of Justice and Equality with regard to matters of security or the Department of Defence. No further checks relating to compliance with the exemption were undertaken.