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Concerns raised over US military flights at Aldergrove - Kearney

6 October, 2016 - by Declan Kearney

Sinn Féin MLA for South Antrim, Declan Kearney has raised concerns surrounding the use of Belfast International Airport, to facilitate US military flights.

Following reports from local people and numerous pictures emerging online of US Air Force flights entering and leaving from Aldergrove Mr Kearney said: 

“A number of local people living in the vicinity of the Airport have raised concerns with my office regarding the the on-going US military flights entering at and leaving Belfast International Airport.

“Questions must be answered by Belfast International Airport as to the purpose of these now regular flights.

“Given the on-going humanitarian crises in Syria and through out the Middle East and the role of the US Airforce as a protagonist in these conflicts, it is essential that local airspace is not being misused to facilitate and exacerbate these terrible events. 

“In recent years another Irish airport at Shannon has been used for illegal rendition flights from the Middle East to Guantanamo Bay.

“It is imperative that local airspace and the International Airport itself are not now used for similar reasons. I will be contacting airport management to seek answers.

“Sinn Féin will oppose all attempts to use the north, or anywhere else on this island as a stepping stone for the furtherance of conflict and war.”

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