Breen calls on Aer Lingus to clarify future of its Shannon transatlantic operation

August 28th, 2008 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen has today called on Aer Lingus to clarify the future of its Shannon transatlantic operation.

Deputy Breen has described the news that Aer Lingus are set to issue a Trading Statement to the Stock Exchange as a ‘real cause for concern’.

“While we must await the detail of this statement on Thursday morning, this is an extremely worrying development. Aer Lingus have already announced the restructuring of their transatlantic services for this winter with a 15% cut in long-haul capacity expected. My fear now is that Shannon Airport is once again to be the fall guy as a result of any further cutbacks.

“The industrial and tourism sectors here in the mid-west are dependent on a direct daily service from Shannon and any decision to curtail the current level of services to either Boston or New York will have serious implications for this region. Job loss announcements have become the norm over the past twelve months here in the county and the Aer Lingus workers in Shannon have already borne the brunt of earlier cuts. I hope that no further pain will be inflicted on them.

“Given the global economic decline, the rising cost of fuel, surcharges and the trend for airlines to merge this is an anxious time for the airline industry.”