28/09/2007

Campaigners Seek Reversal Of Aer Lingus Move To Belfast

Aer Lingus should be forced to reverse the decision to move the Shannon-Heathrow route to Belfast, according to a major opinion poll.

The poll, conducted by Landsdowne Market Research, found that an overwhelming amount of people in the western region of the Republic disagree with the airline's decision.

The poll discovered that 81% of people in the west and 66% in Dublin believe that stopping the flights from Shannon will have a negative impact on the country as a whole.

The airline company has been heavily criticised over its recent announcement that it was creating a new hub at Belfast International Airport.

Campaigners in the Republic today said they will persist in their attempt to reverse the decision to end flights between Shannon and Heathrow airports in favour of a Belfast-Heathrow route.

The Atlantic Connectivity Alliance (ACA), the action group formed in response to the airline's decision, declared its disappointment after a Dail motion calling for Government intervention was dismissed last night.

The Irish government is still refusing to overturn the company's decision to remove four Heathrow slots from Shannon airport to Belfast.

(LC/SP)

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