Breen urges New Tourism Minister to take action on Shannon Airport

April 7th, 2010 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen speaking in the Dail this afternoon during question time with the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture called on Minister Hanafin to come down to Shannon Airport tomorrow morning, where he said she would see at first hand for herself, the impact that the axing that the withdrawal of 15 Ryanair destinations will have on the Airport.

“It will be an empty and eerie Departure Building and it will be virtually deserted”, he said. Deputy Breen urged Minister Hanafin to take immediate action to deal with this crisis and bring together all the relevant Tourism and Aviation stakeholders, adding that “every effort must be made to secure alternative carriers to service these routes, so that this vital short-haul connectivity from this Region can be restored.”


“I have been inundated in the last number of days with calls from people expressing their annoyance and concern at the situation. I have had a significant number of calls from people living and working abroad who used to come home on a fortnightly basis from England, Scotland and Belgium and from tourist operators involved in bringing tourists to this Region.”


“In my contribution this afternoon, I urged Minister Hanafin, to bring all the relevant tourist and aviation interests in the Region together immediately and to take action to deal with this crisis. She gave me an assurance that she would organise an immediate meeting with Shannon Development.”


“Only a limited number of short-haul destinations are now available out of Shannon Airport and this situation cannot be allowed to continue. Alternative carriers must be secured to service these destinations and time is of the essence.”