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Government must dig deep to help NI aviation business survive and prosper

Paul Everitt

Coronavirus has brought tragedy to families in every part of the world. While the spread of the virus is now being reduced both here and internationally, the impact of the social and economic crisis it has created on jobs and prosperity is continuing to deepen.

The aviation and aerospace sector have been among the hardest hit industries. As global airlines have been forced to ground their fleets, so demand for aerospace manufacturing has sharply declined and production rates have been cut.

This has put suppliers under pressure, and while Government support including the Job Retention Scheme helped employers to avoid redundancies in the short-term, the reality of declining orders for manufacturers has started to have real consequences for our highly skilled workforce.