Lufthansa to begin services from Shannon

Lufthansa to begin services from Shannon

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
The airline will use an Airbus A319 on the route – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

Shannon Airport is set to get its first ever scheduled Lufthansa air service next summer when the airline introduces a new Shannon to Frankfurt route.

The service will operate weekly on Saturday’s from the 29th April to the 28th October using an A319 aircraft.

Welcoming the announcement Matthew Thomas, Chief Executive, Shannon Group said: “We are delighted to welcome Lufthansa to Shannon with their first scheduled service. This is a significant milestone for our airport and region by one of the world’s major airlines.

Shannon Group CEO Matthew Thomas; Head of Aviation Declan Power and Andrew Murphy - Chief Commercial Officer Shannon Group.
Shannon Group CEO Matthew Thomas; Head of Aviation Declan Power and Andrew Murphy Chief Commercial Officer

“Germany is Ireland’s third-largest source of visitors and the addition of this new Frankfurt Main service is great news for the Irish tourism industry along the west coast and beyond as Shannon Airport will provide German holidaymakers with a gateway to the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way and Irish holidaymakers with an opportunity to explore a wonderful part of Germany. We look forward to working with the team at Lufthansa and our Irish Tourism industry partners to ensure the success of the new service.”

Said Andreas Köster, Senior Director Sales UK, Ireland and Iceland Lufthansa Group: “We are very happy to announce this new non-stop flight directly to the heart of Germany. Customers from the Western part of Ireland will travel in in just a bit more than two hours to Frankfurt. It will connect our hub and offer a smooth connection to some intercontinental destinations such as Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo or Singapore.”

This is the second new service to be announced at Shannon Airport in just over four weeks. Last month SAS announced a new Stockholm-Shannon service for 2017. The new Frankfurt service reinforces Shannon’s position as the natural gateway for the Wild Atlantic Way and connects Shannon to the financial heartbeat of continental Europe.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes the announcement by Lufthansa of a new flight from Frankfurt to Shannon, which will certainly expand travel options for German holidaymakers wishing to visit the Wild Atlantic Way and the West of Ireland next summer.

We look forward to working closely with Lufthansa and Shannon Airport to maximise the promotion of this new route and to help drive demand for the flight. As an island destination, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.”

Flight Details:
· Operates on Saturday’s from 29th April to 28th October 2017
· Departs Frankfurt Main Airport 15:50 and arrives at Shannon Airport 17:05
· Departs Shannon Airport 17:50 and arrives at Frankfurt Main Airport 21:00

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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