Government must listen to their own Tourism Minister and axe the €10 Air Travel Tax - BREEN.

September 16th, 2010 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen has called on the Government to take on board their own Tourism Ministers comments and abolish the €10 Air Travel tax. Deputy Breen believes that if the tax is abandoned immediate talks can take place between the Shannon Airport Authority and Ryanair in order to try and broker a new deal with the low cost Airline.

“Last week’s decision by Ryanair to further reduce their services from Shannon Airport by 21% has heaped more pressure on the Airport which is already struggling with passenger traffic at the Airport having declined dramatically over the past three years. Passenger traffic is predicted to fall as low as 1.6m by the end of this year compared to a high of 3.6million passengers who went through the Airport in 2007. Axing the Paris route in particular is a big blow as for this Region as it leaves us with no direct connectivity to Continental Europe.”

“There is a huge challenge facing Shannon Airport to reverse this decline and the Government cannot wash their hands of the crisis. Over a decade of broken Fianna Fáil Government promises has failed Shannon Airport. On top of their failure to provide a €53 million marketing fund which was promised in the wake of ‘Open Skies”, they introduced a €10 Air Travel at a time when the entire Aviation and Tourism Industry is in recession.”

“I welcome the comments made by the Tourism Minister Mary Hanafin at the weekend that the Air Travel Tax should be abolished and I would urge the Government eal with the low cost Airline.

“Last week’s decision by Ryanair to further reduce their services from Shannon Airport by 21% has heaped more pressure on the Airport which is already struggling with passenger traffic at the Airport having declined dramatically over the past three years. Passenger traffic is predicted to fall as low as 1.6m by the end of this year compared to a high of 3.6million passengers who went through the Airport in 2007. Axing the Paris route in particular is a big blow as for this Region as it leaves us with no direct connectivity to Continental Europe.”

“There is a huge challenge facing Shannon Airport to reverse this decline and the Government cannot wash their hands of the crisis. Over a decade of broken Fianna Fáil Government promises has failed Shannon Airport. On top of their failure to provide a €53 million marketing fun