AER Lingus will temporarily suspend Shannon Airport’s only year-round route to Boston over the busy Easter period.
The airline is cancelling flights for all but one day between March 29 and April 8 for what have been described as “operational reasons”.
It’s understood that the airline needs the Boeing 757-200 jet that usually operates the route for another service from Dublin.
As a result, all flights between Shannon and Boston for 10 days, with the exception of April 2, have been cancelled.
Aer Lingus says it’s in the process of contacting those customers who will be affected by the cancellations, and that alternative options are being offered.
A spokesman said: “We sincerely regret the inconvenience caused and are doing all possible to minimise the disruption to customers’ travel plans.”
Labour’s Clare TD, Michael McNamara, said: “This is indicative of the attitude Aer Lingus has to Shannon and it is concerning.
“Will Dublin continue to be promoted at the expense of Shannon? Aer Lingus really needs to show its full commitment to Shannon because I would be worried that this attitude would continue to Shannon’s detriment.”
Fianna Fáil’s transport spokesman Timmy Dooley, said “this goes to show once again how Shannon is treated by Aer Lingus. Why couldn’t the airline make alternative arrangements?”
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