Breen on board first return Aer Lingus flight from London Heathrow to Shannon

March 29th, 2009 - Pat Breen
Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen will be on board Aer Lingus Flight EI 387, the first return flight from Heathrow to Shannon, when it touches down in Shannon Airport this evening (Sunday) after an absence of fourteen months on the route.  He will be accompanied by Cllr Sean McLoughlin who was Mayor of Shannon when the service ended last year.
Deputy Breen has warmly welcomed the restoration of the Aer Lingus Service from Shannon to London/Heathrow and he has paid tribute to the Aer Lingus Staff at Shannon past and present whose sacrifices have paved the way for the return of the service.

“As someone who has continually campaigned for the restoration of this Service,

 I am delighted to be on board the first return flight as it touches down in Shannon this evening.”

“I hope that today’s announcement is just the first step in the restoration of full connectivity from this Region and I will not be happy until I see full connectivity restored.”

“The withdrawal of Heathrow connectivity was a serious blow to this Region last year and I would encourage the business and travelling public to support the return of the Service.”

“With the opening of Terminal 5 transiting through Heathrow is now easier for the travelling public and it opens up this Region again to the World.”

“Finally, I would also urge the Government now that the service is restored to ensure that connectivity to Heathrow is not lost to this Region again.”