New Ryanair routes will bring 300,000 extra visitors to Shannon region and create 300 new jobs – Breen

October 25th, 2013 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael Clare TD and Chairman of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee, Pat Breen, has today (Thursday) warmly welcomed the news that Ryanair is opening up eight new routes to Shannon Airport, saying the announcement means that 200,000 extra visitors will be brought to the Shannon region next year, and 300,000 in a full year. Ryanair predicts that the move will also create 300 new on-site jobs at Shannon.

“I am delighted that the decision by the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD, to scrap the air travel tax is already reaping such positive results. I lobbied the Minister to scrap the tax in the run up to the Budget, as it was recognised that the tax was acting as a deterrent to the introduction of new routes through Shannon and other Irish airports.

“Ryanair responded very quickly to the Minister’s announcement last week, and immediately moved to take advantage of the scrapping of the tax. The Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar TD, has made it clear that the tax could be reintroduced if airlines do not live up to their end of the bargain and deliver extra routes. So it is very positive that Ryanair has reacted so positively by announcing these new flights to the UK and continental Europe, which will begin in April 2014. The move is expected to create 300 new on site jobs at Shannon, and I have no doubt it will lead to further job creation in the region.

“The Ryanair package of new routes will grow passenger numbers by almost 15% at Shannon in the coming year, which will have a hugely positive effect on tourism and business interests in the region. This is a major turnaround for the airport after five years of decline. I am hopeful that other domestic and international airlines will follow suit by opening up further new routes at Shannon.

“This announcement comes towards the end of a very positive year for Shannon Airport. The airport has regained control of its own affairs, through the establishment of Shannon Group plc, which is allowing the airport to increase traffic, create jobs and support development in the wider region. Passenger numbers are on the rise, the Gathering has proven to be a huge success and a series of new transatlantic routes have been opened up. Today’s announcement from Ryanair will greatly add to the renewed optimism about Shannon Airport amongst tourism and business interests in the region.

“I would like to commend Minister Noonan for taking such a pragmatic decision to scrap the travel tax, a move which is already delivering huge results for the tourism sector.”

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New routes have been announced by Ryanair to the following locations from Shannon Airport.
· Berlin
· Munich
· Paris
· Warsaw
· Krakow
· Faro
· Fuerteventura (Canaries)
· Nice
Services on the Shannon-Stansted route will also increase.