Conway calls on Ryanair to invest in new independent Shannon Airport

Fine Gael Press Office

Senator Martin Conway


Monday, December 3rd 2012

Conway calls on Ryanair to invest in new independent Shannon Airport

Following the announcement today (Monday) that Shannon Airport is being separated from the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) as part of new plans from the Government to develop the airport, Fine Gael Clare Senator, Martin Conway, has called on Ryanair to invest in Shannon by opening new routes.

“Since 2008, Ryanair has reduced the number of aircraft based in the Mid-West from six to one, with twenty-four fewer routes and, crucially, 1.5 million fewer passengers. Today, we have had the announcement that Shannon is to form part of a new entity, independent of the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA). So, surely now that Shannon will be able to set its own charges, there has never been a better time for Ryanair to invest in the future of the airport?

“Ryanair is one of Europe’s largest airlines, and as a result it is a major buyer of airport services. So why doesn’t Michael O’Leary negotiate with the new Shannon Airport Authority to bring new routes into the airport, increasing passenger numbers and revenues in the process.

“Considering the difficult economic climate, it is very encouraging that this major development in Shannon, including a new international aviation services centre, has been announced. Today is an extremely positive one for the future of both Shannon Airport and the wider region. Ryanair could play a part in the future regenerated Shannon, and I would encourage the airline to do so.

“The separation of Shannon Airport from the DAA is a huge boost for the area and I look forward to seeing the commencement of the plan without delay.”


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