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Business fears loss of slots

first_imgLinkedin Shannon Group Focused on Recovery and Rebuilding TAGSer LingusHeathrowShannon airportslots by Bernie English [email protected] concerns have been added to calls from politicians to ensure that any sale of Aer Lingus will not mean the loss of connectivity to Heathrow.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A joint statement by the Chambers of Commerce from Limerick, Shannon, Ennis and Galway says the potential loss of the Heathrow slots are “at odds with government plans for balanced regional development,” and would hit business in the region badly.Irish Hotel Federation Midwest representative Michael Vaughan warned of a repeat of what happened the last time Shannon lost connectivity in 2007 when the slots were transferred to Belfast.“The impact was immediate for one element of tourism in particular, the organisation of conferences and seminars. Business people simply would not travel to the region if there was not direct access”.Shannon Group chairman Rose Hynes said the retention of Heathrow slots must be a priority for the Government.“Heathrow is the single most important gateway for business to and from key international markets for Ireland. It’s essential that current slots and frequencies are retained and contractually protected for the individual Irish airports, including Shannon,” she said.And Element Six executive Ken Sullivan said: “This region is every bit as dependent now on Shannon-Heathrow services as it was back in 2007″. Facebook WhatsApp Advertisement One of the world’s most unusual aircraft arrives at Shannon Airport Twitter NewsBreaking newsBusiness fears loss of slotsBy Bernie English – January 31, 2015 702 center_img Urgent action needed to ensure Regional Air Connectivity RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleMore jobs for LimerickNext articleDivision 3 of NFL too close to call Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Aer Lingus needs to clarify Shannon plans – Crowe Sad day for Limerick and Mid-West following Aer Lingus announcement – Mayor Michael Collins Shannon Airport “has been abandoned” Print Emaillast_img

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