Fianna Fáil Clare TD Cathal Crowe and party spokesperson on aviation and tourism has called on Aer Lingus to commit to the resumption of its services at Shannon as a pathway for the resumption of international travel becomes clearer in the coming months.
Aer Lingus's transatlantic flights out of Shannon and its service to Heathrow were halted in April 2020 as all aviation business was badly hit by the impact of the Covid pandemic.
In March, the company temporarily laid off its 129 ground and cabin crew at Shannon until June.
Aer Lingus said today that it is flying a significantly reduced schedule and that its schedule for the duration of 2021 and beyond remains under constant review.
Mr Crowe said today that Aer Lingus now needs to commit to its services at Shannon and to prepare for embracing the opportunities offered by the digital green travel certificates now being discussed throughout the EU, which could see international travel resume by mid-summer.
He believes there is pent up demand and that there will be a big uptake of services from Shannon once international travel resumes.
"Ryanair has committed to its services out of Shannon, now Aer Lingus needs to do the same," Mr Crowe said.
He said Shannon is also the most efficient airport for Aer Lingus's fuel efficient Airbus neo jets to fly out of, with its long runway enabling its aircraft to carry full passenger loads from the midwest airport.