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Aer Lingus unrepentant over cabin crew base closure

MORE than 80 jobs were shed at Shannon Airport in May of last year, when Aer Lingus closed its cabin crew base. The job losses were hugely controversial as the airline were major beneficiaries of State supports, but speaking at the relaunch of its transatlantic services, Aer Lingus Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Donal Moriarty was unrepentant. “You don’t need me to remind you how challenging it has been over the last two years for the aviation sector and all of us who work in it. In Aer Lingus we had to take some difficult decisions, including the closure of our cabin crew base here in Shannon Airport. That was unfortunately necessary, it meant we had the right structure and cost base to reinstate our transatlantic services, starting today with Boston.” Shannon-New York was due to restart the following day, and Mr Moriarty said that there is going to be a very good level of connectivity to America. “Both routes will …

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Shannon summer schedule about to begin

SHANNON Airport’s summer schedule is getting off to a flying start with four destinations to the UK, US and Europe taking off within a 36-hour period on Sunday and Monday. On Sunday, March 27 Aer Lingus services from Shannon to London Heathrow will see the return of the daily early morning 7.40am flight. This will mark the full restoration of Heathrow services, providing 20 services per week. At 10.55am that day passengers will see the return of the popular Ryanair service to Palma Mallorca which will operate three flights per week (Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays). Later that afternoon the first flight to Malta will depart Shannon. This new Ryanair service will operate twice weekly (Thursdays and Sundays). On Monday March 28th, the much-anticipated New York/Newark service with United Airlines will make a welcome return after almost two years, with services running seven days a week. All US bound passengers at Shannon will be able to avail of US preclearance ensuring …

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Aer Lingus commit to Shannon-Heathow and Shannon-US services

SHANNON is set to have its three daily Heathrow services restored from late March. Aer Lingus launched its 2022 summer schedule today, in which it stated it will be restoring Shannon-Heathrow and also running Shannon-New York and Shannon-Boston services. Having all three routes is vital to Shannon and to the wider Mid West area, as they offer fantastic connectivity for business and tourism. While Aer Lingus had been selling Shannon-US seats for some time, the airline had been somewhat coy about the future of the services, saying all transatlantic services were under review. At the moment Shannon only has one daily Heathrow service, but according to its schedule that will increase to two in the New Year, before going back to three daily in late March. Shannon Group CEO Mary Considine said she was very pleased with this morning’s news. “Today is a great day for the West of Ireland economy. It is great to get these strategic routes back …

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US flights appear on the horizon

Seats to New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Newark open for booking online AER Lingus is currently selling tickets for Shannon-New York and Shannon-Boston flights on its website, while American Airlines has said it will resume Shannon-Philadelphia next May. If the Aer Lingus links are restored it would be a particularly significant boost for Shannon Airport, as those routes are particularly significant to tourism and foreign direct investment in Clare and the surrounding counties. On aerlingus.com on Wednesday Shannon-Boston services are being offered from March 10 and Shannon-New York from March 27. While the seats are on sale, the airline was less than positive when asked for a comment. “Aer Lingus is currently flying a significantly reduced schedule across the North Atlantic. “This schedule remains under constant review for the remainder of 2021 and beyond. All factors will be taken into account in that review, including this week’s announcement of the lifting of the ban on entry of EU citizens into …

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First Aer Lingus Shannon-Heathrow flight in 18 months takes off

THE first Aer Lingus flight from Shannon to London in 18 months took off from the Clare airport this afternoon. Arrival times from London into Shannon are 16:10 on Monday through Friday and Sunday, with arrival time on Saturdays scheduled for 15:45. The service will operate for ten weeks during the closure of Cork Airport for runway upgrade works. Shannon Group CEO Mary Considine said it was great to see the service back in what has been and continues to be an extremely difficult period for the aviation sector. “The connectivity provided by Aer Lingus at Shannon has always been a valuable contributor to the regional economy,” said Ms Considine. “The hub status of Heathrow for businesses to connect with the global marketplace is crucial, and the inbound Heathrow service helps drive tourism into the region.” “We are working closely with Aer Lingus and our other airline partners to build on the service and to resume long-haul services,” she added. …

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Call for public support ahead of Shannon-Heathrow link return

THE Shannon Group CEO has called for the public to use and support Aer Lingus’ Heathrow service from Clare’s airport as much as possible to ensure the route’s long-term future. Mary Considine was speaking this Wednesday ahead of the return of the Aer Lingus London Heathrow service to Shannon Airport on September 13. “It is great to see the Heathrow service return to Shannon in what has been, and continues to be, an extremely difficult period for the aviation sector,” said Ms Considine. “We will be working closely with Aer Lingus to build the service and to resume long-haul services, however, airlines make decisions on routes based on a number of factors, one of the most important of which is how many passengers will travel on their flight. “The best way to ensure the Heathrow service and indeed other routes, remain for the long term is for people to support them. “We have already seen encouraging up-take for the range …

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Shannon-Heathrow to resume next month

CORK’S difficulty is Shannon’s opportunity as Aer Lingus has announced it will resume a daily Heathrow service there next month. It is happening because of the closure of the runway at Cork airport. While the resumption is certainly very welcome, there will only be one service a day in operation, compared to the three daily services pre-pandemic. However with recovery in the aviation sector likely to be slow, the resumption is certainly a step in the right direction. In a statement Aer Lingus said, “Due to the closure of the runway at Cork Airport, a daily Aer Lingus service from Shannon to London Heathrow will commence on September 13, and it is intended to operate for the duration of the period of the closure of the runway at Cork Airport. The aircraft and crew operating the service will be based in Dublin.” From September 13 Heathrow flights will leave Shannon at 5pm each day. The Shannon bound flights will depart …

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Taoiseach to meet Shannon Aer Lingus staff

AER Lingus staff being laid off at Shannon are set to have a virtual meeting with An Taoiseach Michéal Martin, this Thursday. In a statement this Wednesday, Clare TD Cathal Crowe said, “The meeting which I have organised to take place between An Taoiseach and Aer Lingus cabin crew based at Shannon Airport will now happen at 3:30pm this Thursday. Aer Lingus cabin crew will nominate four people to represent them at the meeting. “The meeting will be conducted via video call and TDs and Senators from the Mid-West will not attend. Protocol would require all or none us to be invited. “With no politicians in attendance, apart from An Taoiseach, the voices of Aer Lingus personnel will be in full focus.” Last week there was good news for Aer Lingus staff as the airline announced it would not be laying off its staff at Cork Airport temporarily, while upgrade works happen, and Deputy Crowe said Aer Lingus should reconsider …

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