Ryanair Adds More Shannon Routes

Low-cost carrier Ryanair has said that it will add three extra daily flights between London and Shannon if Aer Lingus proceeds with its planned suspension of its Shannon-Heathrow route.

Earlier this month, Aer Lingus said that it would scrap the route to free up space for it to operate more flights from its new hub at Belfast.

Ryanair has now announced that, if the decision is not reversed, it will step in and offer a fourth daily flight to Stansted, second daily flight to Gatwick and a daily flight to Luton.

Ryanair's chief executive, Michael O'Leary, commented: "As Shannon's largest airline, Ryanair is determined to ensure that Shannon and the mid-west region will suffer no loss of traffic or flights as a result of Aer Lingus's decision to abandon Shannon in favour of Belfast.

"If Aer Lingus cancels its Shannon-Heathrow flights, then it is inevitable that the Shannon transatlantic flights will also transfer to Belfast Aldergrove in the not too distant future."

Mr O'Leary called on Aer Lingus shareholders to call for an extraordinary general meeting so that the decision can be discussed.

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