Shannon Needs Saving
By: Irish Voice Columnist (firstname.lastname@example.org) | Published Thursday, June 2, 2011, 2:50 PM | Updated Friday, September 9, 2011, 10:13 PM
WITH reference to Patrick Furey's letter on Shannon Airport in the issue of April 27-May 4, I totally agree with him.
It is absolutely scandalous that Aer Lingus pulled out of the JFK to Shannon route for three months from the end of December to the end of March. Don’t tell me the numbers are not there to keep a full schedule of daily flights to Shannon.
All of Connacht and Munster as well as some of Leinster would use Shannon and thus avoid the terribly cramped Dublin Airport if the flights were available at the Clare airport. Instead, you have a scenario where buses are shuttling people to the former, at all times of the day and night.
What a joke. The politicians of not only Clare and Limerick but also Tipperary, Cork, Kerry and all the Connacht counties should be up in arms over this. What are they waiting for?
Shannon must not only be saved but actually upgraded, and if Aer Lingus are not prepared to help in this, then Michael O'Leary and Ryanair should be approached.
I would strongly urge everyone from the above mentioned counties living in both the U.S. and Canada, as well as Irish Americans and others, to support Shannon in every way possible.
Please e-mail Aer Lingus on this issue, and in coordination with groups in Ireland, let’s get a petition going.
If this doesn't work, let's fly Delta to Shannon. Maybe then Aer Lingus will get the message.
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