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Ireland’s Dublin Airport and Cork Airport have announced plans to reduce their operations amid the reduced passenger traffic caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The airport operator daa stated that the continuation of operations in the airports will depend on the country’s travel policies related to the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as airline operations and other travel restrictions associated with overseas markets.

Due to the reduced passenger flight operations, the passenger operations in the airports will be reduced but the runways will remain open.

Daa CEO Dalton Philips 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.”

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Philips added that the airports would ‘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’.

The company stated that the staff have been briefed regarding their employment and pay for the next month. Additional measures are expected to be implemented in the future.

Staff will have to take mandatory leave for one week and will only be given pay for the rostered hours.

Daa also plans to perform necessary maintenance and deep cleaning of its airports, as well as training for the majority of its employees. In addition, employees will not receive any increase in pay for the year and additional recruitments will not be carried out.

The company has also planned to set up a voluntary Employee Task Force to help the state and local community efforts.

Earlier this week, the UK’s Gatwick Airport announced its plans to implement different measures, including job cuts, to ‘safeguard the financial resilience of the business’.