Dublin Airport and Cork Airport have issued a statement saying that their future passenger operations will be determined by a number of factors including Ireland's travel policies in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, airline operations and the travel policies of the airports' main overseas markets.
The airports said that they will continue to facilitate passenger flights for as long as they continue to operate, and that intending passengers should continue to contact their airlines in relation to their specific flights.
However, as a result of the COVID-19's pandemic impact on air services, the DAA intends to begin shortly to scale back its passenger operations at both airports while keeping its runways open to maintain Ireland's supply chain.
In a statement published on the airports' websites, DAA chief executive Dalton Phillips said, "We have a national responsibility to keep our airports open for Ireland's supply chain and to help ensure that essential flight operations for cargo can continue. However, passenger numbers at Dublin and Cork have decreased so rapidly in recent days that we have no choice but to begin to scale back passenger operations at both airports."
Phillips added that both airports will "continue to work with their airline partners to help them to get Irish citizens home to their families and allow passengers from overseas to do the same."
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