Aer Lingus must temporarily reinstate Shannon Boston Stopover – BREEN

March 9th, 2015 - Pat Breen

Clare T.D. and Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen has called on Aer Lingus to review their decision to cancel the Shannon Boston Service for a ten day period and to re-route their Dublin Boston service through Shannon Airport to accommodate their Shannon Boston Customers.

Deputy Breen was responding to the news that Aer Lingus is set to suspend the operation of their Shannon Boston Daily Direct Service from the March 29th to 8th April 2016.

“If these reports are true, then it is unbelievable that Aer Lingus would suspend their Shannon service in order to use the Boeing 757-200 aircraft which normally operates on this route to accommodate their Dublin passengers.

This decision flies in the face of commitments given to Shannon Airport and this Region to expand their transatlantic services by the then CEO of the Airline Christoph Mueller at the time of the launch of this Boston service back in February 2014.

Historically, the Aer Lingus Boston Route served both Dublin and Shannon Airports and regularly operated Dublin-Shannon Boston on the outward leg and Boston-Shannon Dublin on the return leg. I see no reason why it could not operate this cycle during this period. Any disruption for the Airlines Dublin departing passengers could be kept to a minimum particularly given the availability of US Pre Clearance facilities at both Airports.

Easter traditionally marks the beginning of the peak season for the Aviation Industry and leaving Shannon Airport without a direct link to Boston during this period does not bode well for their Shannon passengers or this Region.

If the Mid-West Region is to have any confidence in Aer Lingus commitments going forward particularly in the context of any IAG takeover, then it is imperative that they review this decision.

At the very least the Airline should temporarily reinstate the Shannon Boston Stopover to facilitate their Shannon passengers for the 10 affected days.”