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Aer Lingus resumes Shannon-Heathrow route

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Aer Lingus resumes Shannon-Heathrow route

Aer Lingus has announced that it is resuming its Shannon Heathrow service from 29 March next year.

It will operate double daily flights to and from Shannon and Heathrow.

Good news for Shannon town and the mid west!

www.rte.ie/news/2008/1222/aerlingus.html

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1. Re: Aer Lingus resumes Shannon-Heathrow route

2 flights it would seem from their web site.

Shannon departures:

07:45

20:10

London departures:

05:40

18:10

Priced at pre charges €5.99 for the random date that I previewed.

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2. Re: Aer Lingus resumes Shannon-Heathrow route

ferdia

It's even made the BBC News Website:

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7795701.stm

where it's reported that Aer Lingus were under pressure from the Irish Govt. to reinstate the route.

Now, if only there were an airline flying from Guernsey into Heathrow, I'd be able to avoid using Ryanair . . . .

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3. Re: Aer Lingus resumes Shannon-Heathrow route

Limericks Live 95fm at 2pm reported that they would be only flying 3 days per week. Those days are not reported yet.

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4. Re: Aer Lingus resumes Shannon-Heathrow route

BTW fantastic news all the same for the area.

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5. Re: Aer Lingus resumes Shannon-Heathrow route

Thanks for the extra link Sarnia - at least that's one piece of the jig saw from your side:)

Bertie - I went in from April 2nd, and followed through for a full week.

It showed two daily flights each weekday each way, but service scaled down to a single flight on the weekend.

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6. Re: Aer Lingus resumes Shannon-Heathrow route

I hope it works out...

Element 6 were one company that claimed they would be compromised by the change, and they are laying off/voluntarily redundanting 150 people before Christmas :o(

GE were another company affected and they've already laid off staff.

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7. Re: Aer Lingus resumes Shannon-Heathrow route

Points to ponder over:

Aer Lingus will be giving up slots out of Dublin and possibly going further into debt as a result of providing the Shannon service.

Some folks here obviously don't like Ryanair but lets not forget tht they pioneered cheap airfares in and out of Ireland and have therefore been a major contributor to Irelands inward and outward tourism over the years.

The Irish government and Ryanair are major shareholders of Aer Lingus.

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8. Re: Aer Lingus resumes Shannon-Heathrow route

Here's another informative link:

irishtimes.com/newspaper/…breaking40.htm

I don't think that this service would have resumed without the Ryanair bid - and I thought the old Tony Ryan / Colm Barrington link would have helped the viability of the bid, but that also does not appear to be the case?

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9. Re: Aer Lingus resumes Shannon-Heathrow route

And just while we are on the subject, as reported in the Sunday Business Post this week:

"The Dublin Airport Authority has announced that it is to defer plans to build a 200 million euro second runway at the airport as passenger numbers are dwindling."

They have decided to build an new 80 metre control tower instead, for Brian and his chums to stare out at the misty horizon.

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10. Re: Aer Lingus resumes Shannon-Heathrow route

Yep another fabulous U-Turn by our "clever" captains of industry.

Does anyone with a bit of power in this country have any clue as to what is going on or will they just keep on making and then reversing decisions?

Is there not a politician, a bishop or a business person that can be trusted now in this land of saints and scholars?