Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O’Leary has confirmed that September 2015 should see the arrival of new Ryanair aircraft and new Ryanair services to and from Shannon Airport (SNN).
Mr. O’Leary was in Shannon Airport today to officially welcome the airline’s 13 millionth passenger to the County Clare airport.
O’Leary also confirmed that the airline has grown its Shannon Airport 2014 traffic by 300,000 passengers to 750,000 passengers.
Complimenting the Government and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan for abolishing the Air Travel Tax, Mr. O’Leary said his airline would continue to offer new services from Shannon and was “actively working with airport management to achieve this”.
“We would like to see more airlines serving Shannon Airport, the more route choice for passengers & the airport, the better,” added the airline boss.
Meanwnhile, Christmas came early for a Ryanair passenger and his family as Mr. O’Leary turned up in person to congratulate them for becoming the airline’s 13th million passenger at Shannon Airport.
The Ryanair CEO surprised Piotr Rachuta, who was travelling back to Poland on the Shannon-Wroclaw flight with his wife Marta and 4year old daughter Amelia, by announcing him on the airport tannoy as the lucky 13th million passenger.
“I didn’t expect this today when I came to Shannon Airport for sure. I am very surprised and very happy,” a beaming Mr Rachuta said after he was approached by Mr O’Leary and presented with a free return Ryanair flight and overnight accommodation for his family.
Mr O’Leary raised a big cheer also as he announced his own version of ‘one for everybody in the audience’ as he also gave away a free flight to all passengers for the 10:05a.m. Wroclaw flight. The airport also weighed with the festive gifts as they presented the winners with Shannon Duty Free shopping vouchers and executive Lounge passes while all on the flight also received a Shannon Duty Free hamper.
Fine Gael Clare Senator, Martin Conway, today welcomed the announcement, adding: “I am delighted that Ryanair, which is one of the largest airline carriers in Europe, has committed to providing these additional numbers to Shannon. Shannon is now a pivotal part of the tourism package in the West of Ireland as it is the gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way.”
“After being released from the constrictions of the Dublin Airport Authority, Shannon Airport is now succeeding as an independent entity. Shannon Airport’s strong momentum across 2014 has continued with passenger numbers for October showing a 28% increase on the same period twelve months ago. The airport is now on track to see 1.7 million passengers pass through this year,” added the Senator.
Fine Gael Clare TD and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, Pat Breen, has said that the commitment of Ryanair to Shannon is “great news for the airport and the surrounding counties”.
“The commitment of Ryanair to Shannon Airport is great news for both the airport and the surrounding counties, including Clare. Today I attended a press conference in Shannon Airport to mark Ryanair carrying their 13th million passenger through the airport. I had a meeting with Michael O’Leary and Minister Michael Noonan and it was great to hear the importance placed by Ryanair on Shannon Airport.
“Mr O’Leary said that Ryanair are proud to be associated with Shannon and he commended the Government for its foresight when it abolished the travel tax. Ryanair added 10 new routes to Shannon since the air travel tax was abolished and they will carry an additional 300,000 passengers through Shannon in the year to March 2015.