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I understand from media reports that the board of Aer Lingus shall more than likely transfer the aircraft maintenance facility from Shannon to Dublin.
This, quite frankly, beggars belief, having regard to Aer Lingus’ virtual abandonment of Shannon.
This abandonment of Shannon by Aer Lingus for quite a long time now is nothing short of a national disgrace, and nothing less than a form of national sabotage, and for reasons other than the convenience of the flying public in the midlands, west and south of Ireland.
For several decades now Aer Lingus quite clearly has no commitment to Shannon and seems determined to abandon this magnificent airport by stealth.
Shannon Airport, since its establishment in 1945, in its well-chosen location and the subsequent development of its free zone and industrial estate, represent a massive national investment of which the airport is a critically important infrastructure, a fact that should be borne in mind by the board of Aer Lingus.
St John Blake
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