Fine Gael Clare Senator, Martin Conway, has today (Thursday) welcomed the announcement that Ryanair will operate eight new routes from Shannon Airport, which will deliver an additional 300,000 passengers to the airport every year.
The new routes will begin in April 2014, and will service Berlin, Faro, Fuerteventura, Krakow, Munich, Nice, Paris and Warsaw. The frequency of routes to Stansted Airport will also increase. The decision was taken by the airline as a direct result of the decision by the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD, to scrap the air travel tax in the Budget.
“I am delighted that Ryanair, which is one of the largest airline carriers in Europe, has decided to provide these additional routes to Shannon, which will bringing 300,000 extra visitors to the region every year. Ryanair also expects to create 300 new jobs at Shannon as a result of the new routes.
“After being released from the constrictions of the Dublin Airport Authority, Shannon Airport is now succeeding as an independent entity. The recovery in passenger numbers is well underway with passenger numbers up for the fourth month in a row in September.
“The scrapping of the air travel tax and the retention of the 9% VAT rate applicable to the tourism sector announced by the Government as part of Budget 2014 played a pivotal role in the decision by Ryanair to operate these new routes out of Shannon.”