Tourism Industry in County Clare could be propelled into a Catastrophe in the New Year – BREEN.

December 22nd, 2009 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen warned today that the Tourism Industry in County Clare could be propelled in to a catastrophe in the New Year if services at Shannon Airport continue to be withdrawn. Deputy Breen’s comments follow the announcement by Ryanair that they are moving their Faro and Alicante Services to Kerry and Knock Airports respectively as and from 30th March 2010.

“Over the past year, Ryanair, Aer Lingus and Citjet have already withdrawn a number of their services from Shannon Airport. US Airways will not be operating services from Shannon next year and now we are being hit with this treble blow, the withdrawal of the Faro and Alicante Routes, which I understand, have been very successful for Ryanair, with high load factors.”

“The only bit of good news on the horizon is that Delta Airlines will be returning to serve Shannon next summer.”

“Once again, we are the pawns in the game which is being played out. There is no sign of any break in the stalemate between Ryanair and the Shannon Airport Authority and the Government is continuing to persist with the €10 Air Travel Tax.

“In recent weeks, I arranged a meeting with Michael O’Leary, CEO, Ryanair, to investigate if there was any possibility of a resolution to the breakdown in talks with the Shannon Airport Authority. He told me that the biggest impediment to a new deal is the Government’s €10 Air Travel Tax. It appears that the Government is quite willing to sacrifice services at Shannon Airport rather than admit that they got it wrong on this tax.”

%E the past year, Ryanair, Aer Lingus and Citjet have already withdrawn a number of their services from Shannon Airport. US Airways will not be operating services from Shannon next year and now we are being hit with this treble blow, the withdrawal of the Faro and Alicante Routes, which I understand, have been very successful for Ryanair, with high load factors.”

“The only bit of good news on the horizon is that Delta Airlines will be returning to serve Shannon next summer.”

“Once again, we are the pawns in the game which is being played out. There is no sign of any break in the stalemate between Ryanair and the Shannon Airport Authority and the Government is continuing to persist with the €10 Air Travel Tax.

“In recent weeks, I arranged a meeting with Michael O’Leary, CEO, Ryanair, to investigate if there was any possibility of a resolution to the breakdown in talks with the Shannon Airport Authority. He told me that the biggest impediment to a new deal is the Government’s €10 Air Travel Tax. It appears that the Government is quite willing to sacrifice services at Shannon Airport r