‘Immediate’ Govt Funding Needed For Shannon Airport Operational Costs

Shannon Group’s CEO says immediate funding is now needed from the government to ensure the airport survives the fallout from COVID-19.

Mary Considine has described as ‘extremely disappointing’, the announcement from Ryanair that its to temporarily halt flights from the Midwest airport from the beginning of November, for almost six weeks.

€5 million was granted to Shannon in Budget 2021 for capital works, but Shannon Group claims it continues to lose €1.3 million a week, since the onset of the pandemic.

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Speaking remotely to the Oireachtas Transport Committee, CEO Mary Considine says they now urgently need government to cover operational costs in order to survive.

Clare’s Independent TD, meanwhile, claims government policy on aviation is disproportionately impacting Shannon Airport.

Deputy Michael McNamara is among a number of independent TDs in this region who have requested a meeting with Taoiseach Micheal Martin on the matter.

The Scariff-based deputy believes the decision of Ryanair and Aer Lingus to suspend routes is down to decisions made at the Cabinet table.