United Airlines assure Foreign Affairs & Trade Committee Chairman Breen that they are committed to Shannon Airport.

April 2nd, 2012 - Pat Breen

p1040233During his recent visit to Washington, Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen T.D. met with a number of Senior Executives of United Airlines to discuss their Shannon Airport operations and the possibilities for increasing inbound transatlantic services to Shannon Airport particularly given that Ireland is encouraging tourists to visit Ireland next year during “The Gathering 2013.”

“Over the past decade the Aviation Industry has witnessed the merger of many Airlines but the merger of these two American Airlines United and Continental has created the world’s biggest airline. Flying under the banner of United, the Airline now serves in the region of 144 million people flying to 370 destinations in 59 different countries.”

“United operate all year round services to Newark from Shannon and while they are not in position to operate the extra four flights from Shannon Airport for the summer period this year, the Senior Vice President Hershel Kamen assured me that United is committed to Shannon Airport and that the Airport features very prominently in their plans and is a strategically important base for them.”

“The St. Patrick’s Day Week of Celebrations in the United States provided a tremendous opportunity for the Irish Government and tourism agencies to showcase Ireland in a very positive light. I had the pleasure of attending a number of events with the Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. and every way he went there was huge interest in his visit and he was very well received. The Taoiseach is doing tremendous work repairing Ireland’s International Credibility and this work will translate into a greater number of US visitors choosing to include a visit to Ireland in the coming years.”

“Given that Ireland is undertaking our bigges