Aer Lingus rules out Brussels Service from Shannon – Breen.

November 11th, 2010 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen has today (Wednesday) expressed his disappointment that Aer Lingus have ruled out operating a Brussels Service from Shannon Airport. On the development of the Shannon-Paris Route, Aer Lingus have committed to monitoring the performance of the new service with a view to increasing the frequency if sufficient demand exists.

“Given the fact that since Ryanair pulled the Brussels (Charleloi) Service out of Shannon leaving the entire West of Ireland from Cork to Donegal without a direct link to the main Administrative Capital of Europe, I recently wrote to Christoph Mueller, CEO, Aer Lingus suggesting that this presented an opportunity for Aer Lingus which they should seriously consider.”

“I am disappointed that Aer Lingus have ruled out operating this service, citing in sufficient demand in this Region for such a service, given the size of their aircraft as one of the main reasons for their decision. When Ryanair were operating on the route with a Boeing 737-800, the service was well supported here in the Region. I was hoping that with the use of Aer Arann ATR 72-500’s, smaller aircraft with less capacity that this route could be development and I am still of the view that Aer Lingus should reconsider this decision in the New Year.”

“On a more positive note, the re-instating of the Airline’s Shannon Paris service is a welcome development. In order to sustain and build up this service I asked Aer Lingus to give serious consideration to operating an early morning service to facilitate connectivity for the business community in this Region. At present the service which willloi) Service out of Shannon leaving the entire West of Ireland from Cork to Donegal without a direct link to the main Administrative Capital of Europe, I recently wrote to Christoph Mueller, CEO, Aer Lingus suggesting that this presented an opportunity for Aer Lingus which they should seriously consider.”

“I am disappointed that Aer Lingus have ruled out operating this service, citing in sufficient demand in this Region for such a service, given the size of their aircraft as one of the main reasons for their decision. When Ryanair were operating on the route with a Boeing 737-800, the service was well supported here in the Region. I was hoping that with the use of Aer Arann ATR 72-500’s, smaller aircraft with less capacity that this route could be development and I am still of the view that Aer Lingus should reconsider this decision in the New Year.”

“On a more positive note, the re-instating of the Airline’s Shannon Paris service is a welcome development. In order to sustain and build up this service I asked Aer Lingus to give serious consideration to operating an early morning service to facilitat