Uncertainty about the future of a number of Ryanair Sun Holiday Destinations from Shannon

July 22nd, 2010 - Pat Breen

Uncertainty about the future of a number of Ryanair Sun Holiday Destinations from Shannon Airport this winter, has prompted Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affair and Clare T.D. Pat Breen to call on the Shannon Airport Authority and Shannon Development to sit down and review their Airline Support Schemes with a view to introducing new incentive proposals to attract airlines to provide all-year round sun destinations from Shannon Airport.

“Access to sun destinations from the Mid-West Region from Shannon Airport has always being problematic. The arrival of Ryanair in 2006 helped to bolster the number of services and choice of sun destinations available from Shannon and a number of these services to Faro, Alicante and Barcelona proved very popular and they were well supported here in the Region but nevertheless they were axed by Ryanair last year. Now further sun destinations could be about to fall victim to further Ryanair cutbacks. Flights to Malaga, Nantes and Palma cannot be booked today from Shannon Airport today on Ryanair’s website and I understand that the Airline is due to publish their winter schedule shortly.”

“This uncertainty about the future of sun destinations from Shannon is very unhelpful as those who are travelling during the winter usually book their flights well in advance of travelling and many may be forced to book from alternative airports.”

“This over reliance on one Airline to deliver these services leaves Shannon Airport very exposed. The Shannon Airport Authority and Shannon Development should be sitting down to review their Airline Support Schemes. New innovative ways of encouraging Airlines to serve sun destinations from Shannon all-year round must be found, otherwise, the people of this Region, will be forced to travel to alternative Airports to escape to the sun.”