Booking initially opened last Thursday on the airport’s website, which later crashed due to excessive demand. Management were forced to suspend bookings, which reopened at midday today.
However, by 12.12pm today shannonairport.ie carried a message stating that tickets were sold out.
Some members of the public took to the Airport’s Facebook page complaining of being unable to secure a booking during the 12 minute period.
One person said: “I was logged in and ready to go for 12 and the flights were either sold out or unavailable at 12:01. Can’t understand how they could be gone that quick. I think more of these flights are needed, definitely more that 9 flights. Very disappointment. Wasted hours on line on Friday and then no luck today either.”
However, it wasn’t all doom and gloom with many others reporting they were successful in securing the much sought after tickets.
Mirmear Autism Unit Class, Puckane, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary got an extra special surprise when Shannon Airport announced the class as the winner of a special online Santa Flights competition, run on its Facebook page. The competition asked for people to nominate deserving community groups, school classes and clubs to be in with a chance of winning 40 Santa Flight seats. Members of Mirmear Autism Unit Class will take to the sky to meet Santa on Saturday 13th December.
Confirming that all the seats had been snapped up, Neil Pakey, CEO, Shannon Group said the demand was phenomenal. “We had 1,900 seats available today for the public and the fact that they were gone within 12 minutes shows just how big the demand was.
“If we had 100 times the number of seats available today, it probably wouldn’t have been enough. The demand was that huge and obviously grew from last year when we operated our Santa Flights for the first time.”
This year’s event, which is being run in association with Ryanair, will operate on December 13th and 14th when ten flights in all, carrying 1,900 passengers, take to the skies over Clare.
A €10 booking fee is being charged this year. However, the money raised will go to two Mid-West based charities who have also been allotted 80 seats on the flights.
Photo by Arthur Ellis Photography