Monday 19 March 2018

Bosses at Shannon offer olive branch to Ryanair

Barry Duggan

A LOSS-making airport has offered an olive branch to Ryanair in a bid to attract new investment for both.

Ryanair and management of Shannon Airport have been at odds for several weeks after the short-haul airline was forced to pay a €3.7m legal settlement for breaking a previous contract.

Earlier this week, Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary gatecrashed a lunch where the beleaguered airport was the main topic of conversation among business leaders. A recent offer by Ryanair to bring one million passengers to the airport has also been rejected.

But last night Vincent Cunnane, a director of the Shannon Airport Authority (SAA), issued an open invitation to Mr O'Leary to talk with airport management about new business.

"Michael O'Leary is welcome in the offices of both the SAA and the DAA (Dublin Airport Authority). Let's talk -- the door is always open," Mr Cunnane said.

Michael Vaughan, Shannon branch chairman of the Irish Hotels Federation, said megaphone diplomacy between Shannon Airport and Ryanair has to end.

The Ryanair chief said he was not interested in talking to the SAA. "There is no point in talking to the monkey when we went to the organ grinder -- Declan Collier (DAA chief executive) -- and made the offer. He told us to bugger off." He said the Ryanair proposal to bring one million passengers to Shannon remains on the table.

Irish Independent

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