RYANAIR is back in bed with Shannon and most Limerick passengers booking seats for Paris in the spring would say not before time.
Others might advise caution and the previous management regime were criticised for being over-reliant on a single customer. The souring of the relationship between Ryanair and the DAA led to a catastrophic fall in passenger numbers and ultimately, if indirectly, full independence for Shannon.
The 300,000 extra passengers Ryanair says it will bring will, if achieved, see the airline’s share of total traffic at Shannon creep back over 40%.
But Shannon boss Neil Pakey, if he will forgive the stereotype, seems too canny a Scot to make a deal with Ryanair that could see the airport caught out a second time.
Shannon’s transatlantic and British business with other carriers are growing and Mr Pakey did not believe there were too many eggs in one basket.
Ryanair, meanwhile, must be applauded for remaining true to their word in bringing back the planes with the scrapping of the travel tax.