It’s being reported this morning that Aer Lingus is to cut all its flights from Shannon Airport to New York and Chicago for the winter.
It’s thought that the cutbacks come as an attempt to stem mounting losses at the airline with serious implications for staff at Shannon.
This latest blow comes as Delta confirmed last evening that they are discontinuing their services from Shannon at the end of the summer season
The Irish Times reports this morning that an announcement on cutbacks to Aer Lingus services at Shannon Airport will be made around lunchtime today.
It’s believed the airline will announce the end of Shannon flights to Chicago and New York for the winter months.
It is not clear if the flights will be restored for the summer season.
It’s understood Aer Lingus will retain a service from Shannon to Boston, operating four times a week.
The news comes as Delta airlines confirmed to Clare FM last evening that they are to suspend their Shannon services from the end of this summer’s season.
Shannon Airport Director Martin Moroney says the cuts are part of a number of global decisions by Delta owing to the severe economic downturn and its effects on the aviation industry but he’s hoping the airline will resume flights from Shannon next April.
Clare Fine Gael TD Pat Breen says remaining transatlantic services at Shannon must be protected
The announcements will come as a major blow to Shannon Airport which handles around three million passengers a year.
Shannon Independent Councillor Patricia McCarthy says the emphasis for the Airport authorities seems to be on increasing business at Dublin airport