07 August 2007

West Council calls for reversal of Shannon-Heathrow decision


The Council for the West has called on politicians from all parties to work together to find solutions to the Aer Lingus decision to end its Shannon to Heathrow flights.


The Council has warned the business and tourism in the region will be hit by the decision, with consequent loss of jobs and opportunities.


The Council points out that the route to Heathrow provided a very important strategic connection to South America, Australia, Africa, Japan, China, etc. and its loss will be a major blow to the whole West region.


Furthermore, the Council points out, the cessation of the Heathrow slots - four daily flights between the Shannon and London during the summer months and three daily flights in the winter- will further exacerbate the gridlocks on the Dublin Airport roads.


Council for the West spokesman Ray O'Donoghue reminded the Government of its commitment to balanced regional development. "The Government are still significant shareholders in Aer Lingus and must know that the decision will adversely affect this region. Jobs in business and tourism are being placed in jeopardy," he said.


"For that reason we call on politicians of all parties to work together to find a solution before serious damage is done," he added.



Note to Editors:

The Council for the West is a voluntary, independent, non-political body which monitors and reports on the socio-economic state of the West and acts as a lobby group promoting the development of the West. The Council for the West was set up by the Western Bishops and has successfully campaigned for retention of Objective 1 Status for the region. It continues to campaign for balanced regional development and highlights issues of major concern for the region.


Contact Points:

Public Relations Officer:   Terry Reilly 086 8109518 / 096 21603 / email: terryreilly@eircom.net

Co-ordinator:                       Caroline Wilson, Tel: 096 32975 / email: cftwest@iol.ie


Ray O’Donoghue:           087 2798122/ 091 794241 / email: odonoghu@iol.ie