Summer schedule takes off at Shannon

Summer schedule takes off at Shannon

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Ryanair’s service to Barcelona/Reus will operate twice weekly – Photo: Arthur Ellis

Summer has begun for outbound holiday makers from Shannon for sure with the launch today of its new service to one of Europe’s favourite sun destinations – the Barcelona region of Spain.

A twice weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays) Ryanair service to Barcelona Reus took flight this morning at 10:50am with much excitement as direct services returned to Shannon for this hugely popular destination for the first time in nine years.

The service adds to Shannon’s growing list of sun destinations this year, a list that also includes the likes of Alicante, Faro, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Malaga, Palma and Tenerife.

This new Spanish service lands passengers into an airport just 90 minutes from the Catalan capital, Barcelona, which is Europe’s third most visited city, and much more.  It also serves the stunning Costa Dorada region – its name translating to the ‘Golden Coast’ – known for its calm and shallow waters and its main city, Tarragona, famed for the Roman Tarragona Amphitheatre and a 12th-century cathedral.

The city of Reus itself is known as an architectural masterpiece and home town of the world famous architect Gaudí – the Gaudí Centre is one of its most visited attractions – while the airport is also an access point to Salou and Cambrils, among Spain’s leading sun destinations. The region also boasts one of Europe’s largest theme parks, PortAventura World, just 15 minutes from Reus Airport.

Operating from March 27th to October 27th, the new Ryanair Barcelona-Reus service departs Shannon at 10:50 arriving at 14:20, with the return flight leaving Barcelona Reus at 14:50 and arriving in Shannon at 16:20. The welcome service bolsters the airline’s strong Shannon schedule and brings to 17 the number of Ryanair services from Shannon this year.

Other new Ryanair additions this year are its three times weekly (Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays) Liverpool service from May 19th and a twice weekly (Mondays and Thursdays) Bristol service from May 17th.  Separately, the airline added Tuesdays and Wednesdays to its popular Manchester service from Shannon, which will now run six days weekly.

The new Barcelona, Liverpool and Bristol services, together with the Manchester service extension will add an extra 80,000 Ryanair seats at Shannon this this year.

Welcoming the launch of the service, Shannon Airport Managing Director Andrew Murphy said: “This is a very positive day for Shannon and for holiday makers from the region.  In terms of services that we wanted to get back on the Shannon schedule, Barcelona-Reus has been one we have been worked hardest on so we are delighted that today has arrived.  In terms of European destinations, this region of Spain is one of the most interesting and exciting in all of Europe.”

Head of Aviation Development at Shannon Airport, Declan Power said: “This is a great addition to our summer services.  The Costa Dorada region is legendary, with destinations such as Salou and Cambrils and then wonderful city break options with Barcelona, the centrepiece and Reus and Tarragona. 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. It’s a fantastic mix and a service we’re confident will do very well.”

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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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