Fliplot wrote:The incentive for FR is money! But when the incentive stops so does FR. Remember they have been in SNN before. Skynet, Virgin Express, Eujet, Cityjet, even Ryanair failed at SNN. Is that not telling us that SNN is destined for very limited services?
As a long shot I expect EI to be running twice daily flights to JFK/BOS from DUB, with one of the flights doing a SNN stop! How ironic.
I can't see Aer Lingus doing a Dublin USA with a stop in Shannon, the costs of a stop are prohibitive. One semi regular demand returns the 321N is the perfect vehicle. I'd agree re Ryanair, they have 100s of airports offering deals and lower costs, in my view its far from a secure arrangement. What Ryanair were doing pre pandemic looks like they had reached a commercially sustainable level. Shannon need Aer Lingus, the Atlantic routes are hugely important both for business travellers (year round) and leisure (inbound), they also need in tandem LHR, BHX and EDI, which support the case for JFK/BOS as there are a level of transit passengers. The plans to do CDG and BCN, though they never got off the ground show us that Aer Lingus can bring an extra dimension, short haul routes supported by transit passengers.
In relation to crew base, they operate BHD without a 'base', this has worked out and though BHD is closer than SNN to DUB, I don't see much difference. There will inevitably be crew living closer to SNN than DUB and they could continue as at present without the base and associated facilities.