Shannon braced for busy summer season

Shannon braced for busy summer season


Photo: Arthur Ellis

Shannon Airport is fully geared up for a strong 2017 summer programme with a 16% increase in capacity in this year’s summer season services now getting into full swing.

With 35 services in all, Shannon is set for a bumper season across all key markets.

The US is strengthened again this year with the addition of the new Norwegian Air International services set to commence on July 1st between Shannon and Stewart International Airport, Orange County – just 90 minutes from New York – and from Providence Green Airport, Rhode Island, 90 minutes from Boston and world-famous locations such as Cape Cod.

The new services will deliver the largest number of US services from Shannon in over 17 years as five airlines operate to seven destinations.

Europe, too, gets a boost this year with Lufthansa having just launched its weekly Frankfurt service from Shannon, while SAS will operate a twice weekly Stockholm service from August.

Photo: Arthur Ellis


There are also frequency increases on Birmingham (Aer Lingus Regional), which will go daily from six per week; Lanzarote  (Ryanair), which increases to two  weekly services, and Malaga (Aer Lingus and Ryanair), which increases to seven weekly services in addition to the return of our weekly inbound French charter flights from Paris, Nantes, Marseilles, Toulouse, and Bordeaux.

Said Shannon Airport Managing Director Andrew Murphy: “It’s all hands on deck as our 2017 summer schedule is promising to be a very busy one.  Capacity on the sun holiday routes, in particular, is up 16% this year, resulting in an additional 25,000 seats this summer.

“We’re delighted to have new routes coming onto the schedule for the US with Providence, Rhode Island and Stewart, New York, which is a huge validation of the strength of the market for transatlantic services in and out of Shannon Airport.  It’s also great to see new European services to the likes of Frankfurt and Stockholm.”

Said Shannon Airport Operations Director Niall Maloney:  “Shannon has a really strong outbound offering but from an inbound perspective, we are expecting a really strong year again, from Europe and the US.  Shannon is the key gateway airport on the Wild Atlantic Way, which is attracting more tourists year in year out, so that’s driving a lot of the inward demand.  The Wild Atlantic Way has been a phenomenal success for the region we serve.”


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.