Urgent action is needed to enhance EU connectivity from Shannon Airport with Brexit and Ryder Cup bringing more focus on the matter, Willie O’Dea has claimed.
Dublin Airport has come under fire for declaring itself as “the key gateway for overseas visitors attending” the 2026 Ryder Cup which takes place 225 kilometres away at Adare Manor.
“A change in policy and mindset” is needed to lead to a greater use of Shannon Airport which one elected representative of Clare County Council felt has been “completely abandoned”.
A continued grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft has taken €60 million out of the Mid-West economy according to Shannon Chamber who have lamented the lack of financial support provided to Shannon Airport by the Irish Government.
As they congregated for their first meeting since May’s local elections, successful candidates in the Shannon Municipal District set out their stall for the next five years by pinpointing the future of Shannon Airport as the biggest concern.
Shannon Airport has been dealt a setback as Norwegian Air have decided not to resume it’s transatlantic flights later this year.
Challenges facing Shannon Airport must be considered in the upcoming tourism strategy to be produced by Clare County Council.
A review of Bus Éireann’s service operating out of Shannon Airport could yield a greater number of flyers according to one local representative.
Both Cork and Dublin Airports recorded increases in traffic last month while Shannon Airport went in the opposite direction.
*Photograph: Arthur Ellis A suggested armed response unit in Co Clare has been shot down by the Assistant Commissioner of An Garda Síochána.