Clare’s Independent TD believes there is no greater risk posed by passengers flying into Shannon Airport than by those who come to Clare via car or train.
Deputy Michael McNamara’s comments come after research from the European Centre For Disease Control and the EU Aviation Safety Agency suggested the prevalence of the virus among people flying is lower than in the general population.
Next week, scheduled flights will resume at Shannon with Ryanair flying on routes to Manchester, Stansted and Wroclaw – both the UK and Poland currently have much higher rates of COVID-19 than Ireland.
Many people who are flying are now being tested before departure and some are taking extra precautions.
Deputy Michael McNamara has been telling Clare FM’s Josh Prenderville that the COVID-19 blame game has to stop.