Introduction of 0% Travel Tax marks another new chapter for Shannon – Breen

March 31st, 2014 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael Clare TD and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, Pat Breen, has said the introduction of the 0% Air Travel Tax, which comes into force from today (Tuesday) marks yet another new chapter for Shannon Airport. Ten new services will commence from the airport this week as a direct result of the Government’s decision to scrap the tax, which was introduced by the previous Fianna Fáil Government.

“This is a very positive week for Shannon Airport, as a number of new services come on stream. Aer Lingus’ Shannon to Malaga twice weekly service commenced on Sunday. A further ten new services are commencing from today, including Ryanair flights to Munich, Paris, Faro, Warsaw, Krakow, Nice, Poitiers, Berlin, Fuerteventura, and Aer Lingus Regional flights to Bristol.

“The long list of additional locations being linked to Shannon is testament to the Airport’s stronger position since it regained its independence. The Government is committed to helping Shannon to not only survive, but to thrive. The scrapping of the Air Travel Tax has already had a huge impact on Shannon and now, as the additional flights start arriving this week, it will result in tens of thousands of extra visitors coming into the region.

“Aer Lingus has also resumed its year round services to New York this week, for the first time in five years. Rather than alternating services between Boston and New York at off peak times, the airline will now operate two 757 jets from Shannon to ensure both US cities are serviced year round. The latest tourism figures from the CSO show that the number of American tourists coming here has increased by a massive 16% over the last year. This extra capacity from Shannon should help to boost that number further in 2014.

“I would like to commend both Aer Lingus and Ryanair for responding so positively to the Government’s decision to scrap the Air Travel Tax. The airlines immediately responded with extra routes which are coming on stream from today. Shannon is now more connected than ever, and I look forward to the boost in visitor numbers the airport will help to facilitate in the year ahead.”