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New route gives lift to Shannon

THREE years after axing all direct services to London's Heathrow from Shannon, Aer Lingus yesterday unveiled new daily services to Gatwick from the end of March.

The announcement comes after the start on December 17 of its new Shannon-Paris Charles de Gaulle service, as well as an extension of its services into Manchester.

The move was warmly welcomed by the new Shannon Airport director, Mary Considine, who described it as a "vote of confidence".

"For Aer Lingus to add Gatwick, not least with its early arrival time at Shannon, to its growing network of services is a real boost for us and, indeed, the greater west of Ireland region," Ms Considine said.

"We have no doubt that 2011 will bring challenges. but we have started where we left off last year. Despite 2010 being probably the toughest year for aviation globally for a long time, we finished very much on the upward curve," she added.

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