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Minister Dempsey welcomes new CityJet Shannon Airport-Charles de Gaulle service
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4 February 2008

14th December 2007

Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey TD today welcomed the announcement by CityJet/Air France that it will begin a new daily service between Shannon Airport and Charles de Gaulle from 4 February 2008. The initial service will have two flights a day during the week and one flight a day at the weekends.

Speaking at the announcement today Minister Dempsey said; "I am very aware of the importance of ensuring that the Mid West region continues to enjoy connectivity to key international destinations. Over the past few months the business community in the Mid West has sought to have a new service in place that will provide them and their customers with connectivity to and from key destinations throughout the world. I believe that CityJet and Air France are not only meeting that requirement but exceeding it by giving them a business-quality service and access to over 800 destinations throughout the world,"

Minister Dempsey added; "I met with the management of CityJet and Air France when they were assessing the market potential of Shannon Airport and the Mid West to encourage them to look favourably on the Shannon option.  I am delighted, therefore, with the news that CityJet and its parent company Air France have decided to commence this new daily schedule from February next year. On behalf of the Government, I wish to extend my sincerest gratitude to CityJet and Air France for ensuring that there will be no break in access to international destinations, despite the difficulties experienced in making aircraft available. I believe CityJet's commitment to work with Shannon Airport and the local community to grow the business will contribute to attracting new industry and new visitors to the area and I urge everybody in the business community in the Mid West to support this new service."