Fine Gael Clare Senator, Martin Conway, has welcomed the announcement that Aer Lingus is to operate a year-round return service linking Shannon Airport to New York and Boston.
“I am delighted that Aer Lingus, which is one of the largest airline carriers in Europe, has decided to provide these additional routes.
“After being unshackled from the constraints of the Dublin Airport Authority six months ago, Shannon Airport now has the best possible chance to succeed as it sets out on a new, independent path. This announcement is a clear validation of the Government’s decision to develop Shannon as an independent entity.
“The long established links between the US and the Shannon region will be further enhanced by this announcement, which offers a significant economic and tourism opportunity, as Shannon will be reinstated as a gateway to the Mid-West and West of Ireland.
“It is very encouraging that Aer Lingus has decided to operate these routes. This announcement is an extremely positive endorsement for the new independent Shannon Airport and I am confident that it is emblematic of the rejuvenation of the Airport.”