Aer Lingus is being urged to reconsider any plans it has to potentially close its base at Shannon Airport, and to curtail flights there.
The airline has said it may be forced to seek compulsory redundancies to deal with its dire financial situation, and warns that it does not see a meaningful return of operations at Shannon in the near future..
Losses at Aer Lingus are running at €98 million in the three months to the end of June – almost double what it suffered when travel was disrupted in the wake of 9/11.
Clare Fianna Fáil TD Cathal Crowe is urging the airline to ‘slow down’ and to show more loyalty to its Shannon staff
Meanwhile, one travel expert is warning that Aer Lingus’ decision to question the viability of its bases at Shannon and Cork airports could hamper their efforts to secure further flights in the future.
Travel journalist Eoghan Corry say the government’s travel restrictions could have a long lasting impact
Clare Independent TD Michael McNamara says if they were to close the bases it would be a huge blow to the Mid-West: