Calls have been made for a review of operations at Shannon Airport to be carried out, with a strategic plan to be set out for the development of the Midwest facility over the coming five years.
It comes in the wake of a tweet from Dublin Airport last week, regarding the Ryder Cup, which was met with anger from many stakeholders in the Midwest.
But Clare’s Fianna Fáil TD believes it’s time for Shannon Airport to move on and focus on imminent challenges.
There was anger across Clare last Friday after Dublin Airport suggested in a tweet that it’s facility was the gateway to the Ryder Cup, which will be held in Adare in 2026.
But while Clare’s Fianna Fáil TD has described the online activity as “childish” and “arrogant”, Deputy Timmy Dooley insists it’s time to move on and focus on imminent challenges at Shannon Airport.
He says there’s no doubt that the Midwest facility has suffered after the global grounding of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft, but that Shannon is lagging behind other airports nonetheless, when it comes to reaping the benefits of increased tourism numbers in recent years.
Deputy Dooley believes Shannon should be focusing on building a cooperative relationship with the Dublin Airport Authority and insists that strong leadership is now needed.
The CEO of Shannon Chamber says the Ryder Cup provides an opportunity to work with stakeholders in the region and nationally to make the most of the expected 160 million euro boost to the local economy.
Helen Downes is reassuring that work is going on behind the scenes to secure increased support for Shannon Airport into the future.