Tipperary TD Noel Coonan has welcomed the announcement that Ryanair is to boost its services at Shannon Airport saying the move will create on-site jobs for the Mid West region.
The Fine Gael TD said Minister Michael Noonan’s decision to scrap the air travel tax in last week’s Budget was quickly snapped up by Ryanair and incentivised the creation of 300,000 new seats per annum.
“Eight new routes to the UK and continental Europe represent a huge growth in passenger numbers and comes one year after Transport Minister Leo Varadkar granted the airport full independence. The airport is predicting that this year’s outturn may be marginally above last year’s and this is optimistic news as the airport had sadly been in decline.
“The new services at Shannon represent an opportunity for places like Roscrea and South Offaly to rise to the occasion and avail of the expected influx of visitors to the Mid West; and I look forward to a positive response from shareholders in the area to this challenge.
“Ryanair responded rapidly and positively to Minister Noonan’s announcement last week and hopefully scrapping the travel tax will lead to more routes for Shannon Airport in the future. I want to commend the Minister for his foresight in this matter and for helping create jobs in the Mid West. It will boost tourism in the area and have a very welcome knock-on effect on local businesses,” concluded Deputy Coonan.