Travel tax ‘claims another victim’ as CityJet axes Shannon to Paris route – Breen

September 16th, 2009 - Pat Breen

The Government’s €10 travel tax has claimed yet another victim as CityJet announced today (Friday) that the Shannon to Parish service will be axed from October, according to Fine Gael’s Deputy Foreign Affairs Spokesman and Clare TD Pat Breen.

“This latest loss of a service from Shannon exposes the Government’s folly of introducing a €10 air travel tax. The CityJet Charles De Gaulle route was a crucial global connection when Aer Lingus dropped its Shannon to Heathrow service.

“Last February CityJet doubled capacity on the route with a 100 seat aircraft and also brought forward morning departure times to facilitate business connectivity from the region. That makes this cancellation all the more disappointing, and I hope the route will be re-instated when the global economy starts to recover.

“Shannon Airport is already facing a very uncertain future with Delta planning to cease routes from the airport at the end of the season. Ryanair is expected to make further reductions to its winter schedule, and Aer Lingus is expected to make an announcement about its services next month. This recommendation should be implemented immediately and the final report should be completed as soon as possible.

“At the same time, the Government must immediately abolish the €10 travel tax. This punitive tax has had a detrimental impact on services at all major airports, including Shannon. It should be axed before it inflicts any more damage.”