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City Jet indication should not be used as a sop by government - Morgan

13 August, 2007

Sinn Féin TD Arthur Morgan has today welcomed with caution City Jets indication that it is open to discussing the possibility of a new service from Shannon Airport to Charles de Gaulle Paris, but has warned against this latest potential development being used as a sop by government in the Aer Lingus Shannon Heathrow service debacle.

Deputy Morgan said:

“The potential of additional routes for all regional airports are of course to be welcomed. Commercial interests can only be sustained by the development of new business relationships.

“City Jets indication that it is considering a potential Shannon to Paris route is possibly a good news story for Shannon however it would be wrong for this development to be lauded as a substitute for the loss of the Aer Lingus Shannon to Heathrow route.

“City Jet is a business and as such has a single primary objective, to maximise its profits. Negotiating with Shannon Airport on foot of the loss of the Shannon to Heathrow route is naturally an opportune time for any airline to negotiate a favourable financial arrangement for a new route with the Airport.

“The decision of Aer Lingus to terminate the Shannon - Heathrow service remains a significant blow to the country’s national interests and particularly to the tourism and commercial interests of the region.

“Fianna Fáil through its privatisation agenda has facilitated this financial loss to the country thus proving again that the privatisation of key public services and interests does not deliver better services, more jobs or a stronger economy.

“Sinn Fein remains committed to the Trade Union movements’ demand that government exercise its strength as a key share-holder in Aer Lingus by demanding that the company reverse its decision to close the Shannon to Heathrow route.” CRÍOCH

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