Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport, Timmy Dooley TD, has expressed his deep disappointment with the announcement that 87 Aer Lingus cabin crew jobs are to be lost at Shannon airport.
The announcement by Aer Lingus today that it will close its cabin crew base at Shannon has overshadowed news that new routes by Ryanair could bring 300,000 more passengers to Shannon next year.
Deputy Dooley commented: “I am deeply disappointed at the decision taken today by Aer Lingus to close its cabin crew operations at Shannon Airport.
“I would appeal to the Unions and management to sit down and seek to find a resolution to the dispute. I believe it is highly important that Shannon retains a cabin crew base in Shannon, which would give a great impetus for development and growth of Aer Lingus in the region.
“This comes on the same day that the Mid West stands to gain from the announcement of 8 new routes from Shannon airport next year.
“I am pleased that Ryanair is again showing renewed interest in the Mid West region. The airline had a significant presence at Shannon Airport in the past, unfortunately it deteriorated in the last number of years.
“The potential of Shannon Airport as an economic driver for the Mid West is apparent, the dispute with Aer Lingus is unfortunate and I would again urge all parties to try and resolve the dispute.”