The news that Aer Lingus Regional is increasing its routes from Shannon Airport to Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol has been welcomed by Tipperary TD Noel Coonan.
The Fine Gael TD said this is good news for the Mid West and is a direct result of the decision by the Fine Gael-led Government to axe the travel tax.
“The move will see 20 new additional jobs at the airport and lead to an addition of 100,000 passengers from new and expanded routes at Shannon. Minister Michael Noonan’s decision to scrap the air travel tax has been snapped up by Aer Arann, who will be operating the new service and who have said their decision was directly related to the budget announcement,” he said.
The airline has announced it is opening a new service from Shannon to Bristol, with additional flights to Birmingham and Manchester.
“This very positive development will bring thousands of additional tourists to the Mid-West. The announcement also follows Ryanair’s decision in October to provide eight new routes to the UK and continental Europe,” said Deputy Coonan.
Aer Lingus Regional will now operate a total of 96 UK regional flights per week out of Shannon next summer. The airline expects to grow passenger numbers to 240,000 next year and to 250,000 in 2015.