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Limerick hoteliers want British invasion with new Aer Arann services

Simon Fagan, chief commericial officer Aer Arran, with Sheila Gilmore and Fiona Cummins of  Aer Lingus Regional at the launch of the new routes from Shannon Airport Picture: Press 22

Simon Fagan, chief commericial officer Aer Arran, with Sheila Gilmore and Fiona Cummins of Aer Lingus Regional at the launch of the new routes from Shannon Airport Picture: Press 22

  • by Mike Dwane
 

ADDED connections to the United Kingdom from Shannon mean the region is well-placed to reap a tourism dividend from The Gathering 2013, according to hoteliers.

And Limerick Chamber said the extra services to Manchester and Birmingham - as well as a new route to Bristol - would also prove a boon for business travellers.

The new services were {http://www.limerickleader.ie/news/business/business-news/video-boost-for-shannon-as-aer-lingus-add-100-000-seats-1-5727136 |announced|click here} by Aer Lingus Regional and will commence next April.

Operated by Aer Arann, the flights will be year-round.

Tourism Ireland has identified the UK as the most challenged of Ireland’s traditional tourism markets. But with the economic recovery across the Irish Sea moving at a faster pace than expected, the Irish Hoteliers Federation sees grounds for optimism.

“The new Bristol route is good news for the wider Shannon catchment area and comes on the heels of recent announcements by Ryanair and United Airlines,” said Matt Muller, chairman of the IHF Shannon branch.

“These additional air services will help build on the gains made this year during the The Gathering, which has been a success for the wider Shannon area. We look forward to working with Tourism Ireland and Shannon Airport to ensure the potential of these new routes is fully maximised.”

The services announced by Aer Lingus Regional in recent days are expected to amount to a 100,000 boost in passenger numbers next year.

In a joint statement, the presidents of the chambers of commerce in Limerick, Shannon, Ennis and Galway said the new connections would boost business.

“UK cities, particularly Manchester and Birmingham, have always ranked highly as frequented destinations by the business community on the west coast, with many using both Shannon and Dublin airports as access points, driven by their frequency and timing requirements.

“This doubling of capacity on both of these routes is a most welcome development and will make choosing Shannon Airport for business travel to these cities all the more appealing,” they stated.

 

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