Ryanair’s announcement of new routes from Shannon Airport has been welcomed by North Tipperary Labour Party county councillor and Nenagh town councillor Virginia O’Dowd.
The new routes mean Shannon will service Faro, Fuerteventura, Munich, Berlin, Paris, Nice, Warsaw and Krakow and bring in an estimated 300,000 extra passengers.
The Labour Party representative said: “This is a direct consequence of the abolition of the Travel Tax in the Budget and will provide a welcome boost to the Mid-West’s tourism business. It is amazing that €3 per head could have such a positive influence on services at Shannon Airport. That, combined with the retention of the 9 per cent VAT rate on tourism products should lead to an increase in visitor numbers and more importantly in sustaining tourism jobs in North Tipperary and the wider area.”
She called on people to use Shannon Airport, as over the past number of years the focus has been on flying out of Dublin or Cork because of the reduction in services at the airport.
“I want to stress that the emphasis should not be entirely on flying out of Shannon. More importantly, it should be about people flying into Shannon. Tourism promoters and providers should be working together to develop packages to attract tourists to the region and promote our attractions”.
She highlighted as an example the fantastic write-up that Larkins of Garrykennedy and White Gypsy Brewery in Templemore received in last Saturday’s Travel Section of the English Guardian newspaper as the type of attraction that the Lough Derg region has to offer. “That article will be widely read, and, now with greater access to the region, should make it easier for tourists to discover what we have to offer,” she said.