Hopes are being expressed that the Shannon to Edinburgh service could be restored as early as next Spring.
The Shannon-Edinburgh link was severed last January when the franchise flyer partner to Aer Lingus, Stobart Air, ceased operations from Shannon Airport, despite the airline enjoying a 43 per cent increase in passenger numbers on the three cancelled routes – Edinburgh, Birmingham and Bristol.
Clare TD Michael McNamara has called for the restoration of the flight, adding: “The Shannon-Edinburgh flight was not cancelled for commercial reasons, in fact it proved very popular with tourists, business people and sports fans. Stobart Air, admitted at the time that the flights were canceled because Shannon did not fit with its long term strategic plan.”
“The numerous representations I have received from constituents regarding the resumption of the flight would suggest that it would prove to be a successful and profitable connection once again, and would benefit not just the airport and the Mid West region, but also the airline willing to provide the service,” added the Labour TD.
“I contacted the management at Shannon Airport in the past week and respectfully suggested that the Edinburgh route be reviewed with the appropriate airline carriers. I was satisfied to learn that such talks are underway, and have lent my support by writing to airlines in support of reconnecting Shannon with the popular Scottish city.
“If discussions prove positive I understand there could be new flights connecting Shannon and Edinburgh as early as next Spring,” concluded Deputy McNamara.