West of Ireland will have no connectivity to the Main Administrative Capital of the European Union – Govt must axe the Travel Tax – BREEN.

March 4th, 2010 - Pat Breen

Welcoming the news that Ryanair have reversed their decision to axe their Shannon to Liverpool and Edinburgh Services, Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen has urged CEO Michael O’Leary to revisit his decision to axe other routes from the Airport and he has urged the Government to play their part in saving these services by axing the €10 Air Travel Tax.

He has also expressed this concern that the entire Western Seaboard will have no connectively to main administrative capital of the European Union, if the Ryanair to Brussels Charleroi service is axed.

“I welcome Ryanair’s rethink on their Edinburgh and Liverpool Services from Shannon but I am disappointed that capacity will be affected with the frequency reduced to three and four times a week respectively. I would now urge Michael O’Leary to have a rethink on the other routes which he proposes to axe from the end of next month. Several of these routes are very popular holiday destinations such as Faro, Alicante, Girona, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria.”

“I am very concerned at the impact that the axing of the Brussels Charleroi Service will have on the business sector along the Western Seaboard. If Ryanair proceed with their plan to axe their Brussels Charleroi Service the entire West of Ireland from Donegal to Cork will be left without any connectivity to the main administrative centre of the European Union. Companies require their personnel to travel to Brussels on a regular basis and they will now be hugely inconvenienced and face additional costs having to travel to Dublin to get a flight.”

“Passenger traffic through Shannon Airport will be reduced significantly if Ryanair proceed with their threat to axe these services and the Government cannot turn a blind eye. They introduced a €10 Air Travel tax which is clearly crippling the aviation and tourism sectors. I have met Michael O’Leary on a number of occasions recently and there is no doubt about it but that this €10 is an impediment to signing of a new deal between the Airline and the Shannon Airport Authority.”

“There has been much debate in recent times about the future of Hangar 6 and the threat that over 500 aircraft maintenance jobs will be lost from this Country. The loss of hundreds of jobs both direct and indirect is hanging over this Region, if Ryanair go ahead and axe these services from next month and the Government cannot just sit idly by and let this happen.”