Ryanair has confirmed plans to operate a new route from Shannon Airport to Barcelona from next year.
The low-cost carrier will commence the twice weekly service to Barcelona Reus on March 27th 2018. The carrier previously operated the route almost a decade ago.
The airline already operates several flights to mainland Spain and the Spanish islands. The new Barcelona-Reus flight will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Reus Airport is about 100kms south west of Barcelona and a short distance from Reus town.
The new service is likely to be an attractive option for soccer fans, those wishing to visit the many resorts on the Mediterranean coast including the Costa Dorada while the city’s port is a starting point for many Mediterranean cruises.
The news comes as the CSO confirmed a 5.5% drop in passengers using Shannon between April and June this year while today, the Irish Aviation Authority confirmed at 2.8% increase in August.
Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: “We are pleased to launch a new Shannon route to Barcelona Reus, with a twice weekly service for summer 2018, which is now on sale on the Ryanair.com website.
To celebrate, we are releasing seats on sale from Shannon from just €16.99 for travel in October and November, which are available for booking until midnight Friday (15 Sep). Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.”
Managing Director at Shannon Airport, Andrew Murphy said: “This new Ryanair service from Shannon to Barcelona Reus is very welcome news for the airport. We know that this will also be welcome news for our passengers as Barcelona Reus is not only a popular sun destination, but this new service opens up the European City break market for people in the region providing direct access to the beautiful city of Barcelona which is less than a 90 minute journey by train and bus from the town of Reus – only 10 minutes from Reus Airport.
In addition, we are sure that the service will be welcome news to many football enthusiasts out there as this offers them the opportunity to watch FC Barcelona in action.”