Air Travel Tax is “Bad news for Shannon Airport and for Tourism Industry in the West of Ireland – BREEN

October 15th, 2008 - Pat Breen
Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen has slammed the air travel tax introduced in the Budget saying that it is bad news for Shannon Airport and for the Tourism Industry in the West of Ireland. Deputy Breen claims that this tax will further reduce this Regions declining competitiveness adding that “at a time when the aviation industry world-wide is in turmoil it is baffling as to why the Minister has taken this measure.”  
 

 

“This air travel tax is a blatant attempt to pick the pockets of tourists and business travellers leaving Shannon Airport. It is a typical Fianna Fáil stealth tax. At a time when Shannon Airport was already under the spotlight with proposals from Aer Lingus to dole out 280 of their current employees and the tourism industry in the Region in free fall following the axing of the Shannon Heathrow Service it is baffling as to why the Minister has taken this measure.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Everybody was expecting pain in the Budget but this measure is being implemented as a blunt instrument in an unfair and inequitable fashion which is not acceptable.”

“It puts a cloud over the retention of some of Ryanair’s current routes at the Airport and is a further blow to this region’s declining competitiveness. It makes no sense and is typical of this Governments aviation policy of encouraging all business through Dublin Airport.”
 

 

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