Clonmel Chamber has expressed concern and dismay at the decision of Aer Arann who operate the Aer Lingus Regional services to discontinue their London Luton, London Southend and Manchester services from early January 2013 from Waterford Airport.
Commenting on the announcement, CEO of Clonmel Chamber Brian Cleary said - “We are very disappointed and somewhat confused by this decision. London in particular is a key destination for over 500,000 citizens of the Southeast and some of Ireland’s largest blue-chip multi-national companies as well as indigenous businesses in the region seeking to do business in the UK.
“This is a huge issue for the entire southeast region. We are somewhat confused that Aer Arann has let go of routes that have been so successful from Waterford and the Southeast, particularly the London Luton route, and given that the Aer Lingus Regional brand was rolled out in Waterford last March. It is a huge pity for inbound tourism to the Southeast that Aer Arann operated the Aer Lingus brand for just 6 months”.
Flybe services to Birmingham from Waterford Airport will continue.
The Chamber is confident that given the demand by the Southeast business community to do business and the necessity for a daily route to London, that an alternative service provider will be found shortly” added Cleary.