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Ryanair decision further blow to connectivity of Mid-Western Region

14 January, 2008


Yesterday’s shameful ending of the profitable and long established Shannon to Heathrow service by Aer Lingus has been quickly followed by the announcement from Ryanair that it is to axe the company’s Shannon to Dublin service on February 3rd. This is a significant blow to the airport as the
Shannon to Dublin route was seen by many as a gateway for the region to connect with Heathrow, and onwards to the rest of the world.
 
Sinn Fein's Maurice Quinlivan said:
 
"The announcement by Ryanair that it is to end the Shannon to Dublin route on the day Aer Lingus ended the profitable Shannon to Heathrow route is deeply disappointing and a further blow to the region.
 
“Prior to the privatisation of Aer Lingus international connectivity for the region was guaranteed. Now a perpetual instability has been introduced into the mid west thanks to selling off of Aer Lingus which was a profitable state owned airline of which we could all be proud.
 
“The loss of the Aer Lingus route as Sinn Féin has consistently argued has the potential to seriously damage the well being of the Mid West region. All stakeholders are all well aware of the potential for damage to business, tourism and our ability to attract inward investment.
 
“Shannon to Dublin and onwards was one option open to people trying to maintain connectivity following Aer Lingus’s action yesterday. I know many people who had planned to use the Shannon to Dublin route as a means getting to Heathrow and availing of Heathrow’s links to the rest of the world. This really reinforces the folly of privatisation, if Aer Lingus had remained in state control it could be used as a tool to promote proper balanced regional development.
 
Quinlivan concluded:
 
“The regions international connectivity has now almost been left in the hands of Cityjet with the untested route through Paris. Whilst business development into other international hubs is to be welcomed it remains to be seen if there is sufficient business with the new route to equal the
economic yield for the region with the Shannon to Heathrow service.” CRÍOCH
 


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