Eamon Ryan urged to develop new aviation policy amid Shannon uncertainty



The Limerick Chamber is calling on Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan to develop a new national aviation policy following the news that the future of Shannon Airport’s transatlantic routes may be in doubt.

Yesterday, it was reported that a number of UK airports are bidding for two Aer Lingus Airbus A321 long-range aircraft, which are currently based in Shannon for their New York, Boston and London Heathrow routes.

The Limerick Chamber is urging Mr Ryan to meet with them to discuss the impact the loss of these transatlantic routes would have on the Shannon region.

Yesterday, CEO of Ennis Chamber, Margaret O’Brien said over 40 per cent of foreign-direct investment from the US is based in the Shannon catchment area due to its connectivity.

Limerick Chamber CEO, Dee Ryan said: “Aviation here has, because of public health advice, ground to a standstill almost but we must look beyond that to the recovery and ensure that these services are in place and airports are primed for that.

“Making sure that Shannon, Cork, Knock, etc. retain services they currently have is only one aspect and must be accompanied by a review of national aviation policy. We must create an environment where these airports can generate the growth that’s so badly needed to re-balance the national economy,” Ms Ryan added.

This comes as Ryanair has warned that it will move capacity out of Ireland during the winter season due to the Government’s green list.

Passengers arriving into Ireland from countries on the green list, the make up of which is decided by Government, do not have to quarantine for two weeks as is the case for countries not on the list.

Ryanair says that Ireland is a “laughing stock” as the current green list is discouraging travel to countries which have a lower Covid-19 incidence rate than here.

The airline wants countries like the UK and Germany added to the list to facilitate business and tourism.


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