Last call for Shannon Airport

first_imgWhatsApp Facebook Email Linkedin Advertisement Printcenter_img NewsLocal NewsLast call for Shannon AirportBy admin – April 1, 2010 503 Twitter Impact of Ryanair decision now feltRYANAIR passenger numbers through Shannon are projected to fall from almost two million last year, to an estimated 300,000 in 2010, following the axing of 16 routes from last weekend.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In 2009, the airline accounted for 60 per cent of passengers passing through. On Monday morning, the timetables for outgoing and incoming flights on monitor screens told a story of an airport in decline.Only a handful of travellers were present in the departures terminal, with a total of just seven flights taking off in the 12 hour period 10am to 10pmThe arrivals schedule fared little better, with just nine flights due to land within a 14.5 hour time-frame.And the airline has issued a warning that further destinations could be cut from their Shannon schedule.Airport operators, such as car rental firms and taxis, have been badly hit.Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara told the Limerick Post that each route comes under review on a quarterly basis, and if the remaining Shannon flights do not perform, they too, will be under threat.“It’s not just the airport tax that has turned us away from Shannon, though it is a significant factor. We put a proposal to the airport with a revised contract for the next five years, suggesting reduced costs that would be more realistic, but it was rejected.“A number of European airports are increasing their passenger traffic by reducing costs and scrapping tourist taxes, and we have to work with airports that are cost effective”.With the airline having opened a new base in Norway this week, at Oslo Rygge, where they will station three aircraft and offer 27 routes, Limerick Chamber’s Maria Kelly, said that it is a tough time for Shannon to be looking for new airlines to come onboard.“It’s extremely worrying to see Shannon fall from its peak of three million passengers.“There are two things that could help Shannon to recover. The DAA’s suggestion of a passenger tax and the US borders and pre-clearance facility, which is a great selling point.“I’d qualify the suggestion of the passenger tax, provided the government tax was scrapped. It would put Shannon in a better position to negotiate deals with airlines, being more cost effective, without putting an extra charge on passengers”.She added that Tadhg Kearney, a chambers Ireland council member and former board member on Shannon Airport Authority, had suggested that a €15 passenger tax would be prohibitive, but a €5 or €10 charge would be more than sufficient.Ms. Kelly said that she was hopeful Ryanair would reintroduce some of their abandoned routes in the future. However, Mr McNamara said that this was not a likelihood.The Ryanair flights from Shannon that have ceased in past week are Murcia, Alicante, Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Carcassone, Faro, Lanazarote, Glasgow, Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Krakow, Milan, Venice and Lodz. Previous articleAnglo bailout act of insanity – UL EconomistNext articleLimerick Post editorial – Ireland on the brink adminlast_img read more

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Number of LGBT+ elected officials in US hits new high

first_imgThe number of openly LGBT+ elected officials in the United States grew by more than a fifth in the past year, according to a survey published on Thursday, with a record high of some 840 gay, lesbian, bi and trans people in office across the country.The report from the LGBTQ Victory Institute comes as an historically high number of gay and trans people – more than 880 – are running for office this year, the US political advocacy group said.“When LGBTQ elected officials are in the halls of power, they change the hearts and minds of their lawmaker colleagues, defeat anti-LGBTQ bills and inspire more inclusive legislation,” said former Houston Mayor Annise Parker, the group’s president. Among the most high-profile LGBT+ candidates in recent months was Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana who was the first openly gay man to run for the White House. He bowed out of the race in March.In New York, two openly gay Black candidates are on track to win seats in the US Congress, a first for the nation.Democrat Mondaire Jones has declared his victory following a party primary in a New York suburb, and fellow Democrat Ritchie Torres is favored to represent the South Bronx neighborhood in Congress next year.Last year, 698 openly LGBT+ people held US elected office, according to the Victory Institute, an increase of 25% compared with June 2018. This June, the number rose to 843, it said. Despite this progress, advocates noted that gay and trans people hold 0.17% of elected positions nationwide while making up 4.5% of the US adult population.“The numbers in this report show LGBTQ political power is growing rapidly,” said Parker in emailed comments.“But it also demonstrates the daunting representation gap that we must close and is a call-to-action for all in our community to consider a run for office.”The Victory Institute found bisexual representation increased by 53% in the last year, while the number of trans women elected officials grew by 40%, although there was no increase in trans men voted into office.The report also found the number of openly LGBT+ mayors increased by 35%, while the number of state legislators increased to 160 in June from 147 in June 2019.Last year’s surge is part of a longer nationwide trend, according to the Victory Institute, with an 88% increase in openly LGBT+ elected officials since November 2017. Topics :last_img read more

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