70 Aer Lingus Shannon maintenance jobs at serious risk – Breen

March 19th, 2010 - Pat Breen

Aer Lingus must come clean over reports that it plans to close its Shannon Airport maintenance facility, Fine Gael Clare TD and Deputy Foreign Affairs Spokesman Pat Breen TD said today (Tuesday)

“Shannon faces enormous challenges in the immediate future, and in the years to come. It is steadily losing business from two of its key carriers: Ryanair and Aer Lingus. It’s time for all of the region’s stakeholders with an interest in Shannon Airport to develop new and innovative ways of addressing the challenges facing the airport.

“But above all, the Government must scrap the ridiculous €10 air travel tax which is causing huge damage to the aviation industry, support industries and the country as a whole.”

“Five hundred Ryanair maintenance jobs have already been lost to the country. Now another 70 are at risk in the Shannon Region.

“Unfortunately, reports that Aer Lingus plans to close its Shannon maintenance facility and lay off 70 staff are all too credible. I raised this matter two weeks ago when it was clear that Aer Lingus had signed a 20 year lease for Hangar 6 and planned to centralise its maintenance facilities at Dublin Airport.

“Aer Lingus has kept everyone hanging long enough about its plans for Shannon, and has been very slow to commit to any additional routes out of Shannon. Comments by various spokespersons over the past few weeks indicate that Aer Lingus has no interest in developing its Shannon base. Even its US service may be limited to a seasonal basis.