Breen welcomes Aer Lingus-Paris route

October 27th, 2010 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Foreign Affairs Spokesman and Clare TD Pat Breen has today (Wednesday) welcomed the new Aer Lingus service from Shannon to Charles de Gaulle Airport in December.

“This new service will operate three times a week and is a welcome boost for the airport. Aer Lingus served the Paris route out of Shannon prior to 9/11 and was highly successful.

“Given the fact that Ryanair has significantly reduced its services from Shannon Airport, and there is no direct access into this region from either Paris or Brussels, there was an opportunity to fill the void created.

“I had already written to the Aer Lingus CEO Christoph Mueller urging him to develop a Paris route as part of that expansion. I hope this service will facilitate the local business community in the region by operating an early morning service, and that the airfares will be competitive.

“Several French people have told me about the long trek they had to endure to get to the Shannon Region last summer. There is huge potential for developing tourism from France and we tick many of the boxes in terms of having an abundance of tourism activities in the mid west.

“Charles de Gaulle Airport is the principal hub in France and is an attractive option for business people. Last year the airport handled over 57 million passengers and is Europe’s second busiest airport, after London Heathrow.

“I hope this is just the start of the fight-back for Shannon Airport. Over the past few months I have facilitated a number of discussions with the various State agencie successful.

“Given the fact that Ryanair has significantly reduced its services from Shannon Airport, and there is no direct access into this region from either Paris or Brussels, there was an opportunity to fill the void created.

“I had already written to the Aer Lingus CEO Christoph Mueller urging him to develop a Paris route as part of that expansion. I hope this service will facilitate the local business community in the region by operating an early morning service, and that the airfares will be competitive.

“Several French people have told me about the long trek they had to endure to get to the Shannon Region last summer. There is huge potential for developing tourism from France and we tick many of the boxes in terms of having an abundance of tourism activities in the mid west.

“Charles de Gaulle Airport is the principal hub in France and is an attractive option for business people. Last year the airport handled over 57 million passengers and is Europe’s second busiest airport, after London Heathrow.

“I hope this is just the start of the fight-back for Shannon Airport. Over the past few months I have facilitated a number of discussions with the various State agencies in the region and I would hope these discussions will prove fruitful in the long term.

“In the meantime, the Government also hccess into this region from either Paris or Brussels, there was an opportunity to fill the void created.

“I had already written to the Aer Lingus CEO Christoph Mueller u