Photo: Deputy Kieran O’Donnell at Shannon Airport outside the Departure and Arrivals Area
From: Kieran O’Donnell TD
O’Donnell Welcomes Aer Lingus commitment to Expanded Heathrow and Transatlantic Flights at Shannon Airport
- Heathrow goes to 2 daily flights from 18th February and 3 daily flights from 27th March (including a key early departure flight time at 7.40am)
- Daily direct flights to Boston resume on 10th March and to JFK, New York on 11th March
- Government’s €90m air routes fund must support Heathrow and Boston and JFK Key Strategic Routes at Shannon Airport
Chairperson of the Oireachtas Transport and Communications Committee, Limerick TD, Kieran O’Donnell welcomed today’s announcement by Aer-Lingus that is it expanding its Heathrow route to 2 daily flights from 18th February and 3 daily flights from 27th March (including a key early departure flight time at 7.40am), as well as resumption of daily transatlantic flights to Boston from 10th March and JFK, New York from 11th March. These are the currently advertising flights on the AerLingus.com website –(See Note to Editors below).
“After an extremely difficult 18 months, today is a good day towards securing international connectivity at Shannon Airport, with Aer-Lingus’ very welcome announcement that is it expanding its Heathrow route to 2 daily flights from 18th February and 3 daily flights from 27th March, as well as resuming direct daily transatlantic flights to Boston from 10th March and JFK, New York from 11th March. These flights are currently advertised on the Aerlingus.com website.
“These key routes at Shannon Airport are vital to our connectivity for our large FDI and indigenous business sectors in this region as well as our heavy reliance on international tourism.
“It is vital now that this key strategic international connectivity for Shannon is now supported by the Government through the recently announced €90m route aviation fund (as part of the Budget) and this is something I have being campaigning for with Government and the Department of Transport over a long period of time.
“The important first step here is that Aer Lingus has now publicly announced their commitment to Shannon Airport on these key routes of Heathrow, Boston and JFK respectively. We must now ensure during these Covid19 times, that these routes are given the necessary financial support to ensure there are sustainable until the aviation sector is fully recovered.
Note to Editors:
Currently available on the Aerlingus.com Website;
|Shannon -London Heathrow|
|From Friday 18th February 2022|
|2 Daily Flights||SNN -LHR||LHR-SNN|
|From Sunday 27th March 2022|
|3 Daily Flights||SNN -LHR||LHR-SNN|
|Shannon -Boston – Direct|
|From Thursday 10th March 2022|
|13.40 – 16.00||19.10-06.00|
|Shannon -New York – Direct|
|From Friday 11th March 2022|
|12.55-15.45 (Direct)||18.10-05.40 (Direct)|
|13.40-20.03 (Via Boston) from 10th March||14.45-06.00 (Via Boston)|