Naomi Long MP said: “These charges could put a lot of extra cost pressures on passengers at a time when people are already struggling to make ends meet. I am particularly concerned at the impact this will have on business in Northern Ireland. These links are vital for attracting investment and building connections which are key to increasing trade for local businesses.
“I hope that the Secretary of State can see the significance of these routes and reconsider or seriously reform these charges which could seriously impact upon our economy here.
“This is a very challenging time and every possible effort must be made to help us grow our private sector. I fear these air charges which could damage travel links to London will have serious consequences for all of us.”