United to drop New York route for winter

United to drop New York route for winter


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Shannon Airport has been dealt a blow with news that US airline United will suspend operations on its New York route for the winter months.

The carrier currently operates a daily service from the mid-west airport to Newark in New Jersey a short distance from New York.

The airline has confirmed however that the service will be suspended from November 26th to March 10th because of a drop demand.

While management at Shannon have expressed disappointment at the news, the airport still operated the highest number of transatlantic services in 17 years in 2017.

United had operated the only year-round service from Shannon to New York until earlier this month when Irish based low-cost carrier Norwegian Air International entered the market.

Norwegian Air International will now be the only airline to serve New York during the period of January to March 2018. The carrier will fly between Shannon and Stewart International Airport about 110 kilometres north of New York.

A spokesman for United said: “United will suspend its Shannon-New York/Newark service during the upcoming 2017/18 winter season, November 26, 2017 to March 9, 2018 inclusive (westbound), in response to a seasonal reduction in market demand. The service will resume effective March 10, 2018 (westbound).”

“We will contact customers with bookings for flights during the service suspension to either offer them alternative travel plans or provide refunds. We apologize for any inconvenience caused,” the carrier said.

A spokesperson for Shannon Airport said: “We are disappointed by United’s decision to reduce its Shannon/New York service for the winter period. United have operated services at Shannon since 1999 and are a core and valued customer.”

“We remain very committed to working with them and our other airline partners to continue to provide services and access to key markets. Maximising the potential for Shannon will continue to be a priority,” the spokesperson said.

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.