Bumper Shannon summer season takes off

Bumper Shannon summer season takes off


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

The summer season has officially taken off at Shannon Airport with this weekend being the busiest of the year so far while the summer is expected to be the best at Shannon in a decade.

With almost 150 weekly departures, Shannon’s expanded summer schedule for 2018 includes new transatlantic, European and UK services and is set to deliver more passengers at the airport since it separated as an independent.

This weekend alone saw Delta Air Lines recommence its daily JFK service and with Air Canada to kick off its new Toronto service in four weeks’ time, Shannon will have its busiest transatlantic schedule for 17 years, with eight services operated to seven destinations.

Air Canada will resume services from Shannon next month – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

With passenger numbers already up by 5% in the first quarter, the gains are being felt across all markets. The UK, also up in the first quarter, is showing its resilience despite Brexit concerns and is set to grow further as Ryanair launches Liverpool and Bristol services, as well as increase its Manchester frequencies, later this month.

The big new addition this year on European services is Barcelona-Reus – the twice weekly service bringing passengers into a region that not alone offers the excitement of Europe’s third most visited city, Bareclona, but also the stunning Costa Dorada region, including Salou and Cambrils, as well as one of the continent’s top theme parks, Port Aventura.

Said Shannon Airport Managing Director Andrew Murphy:  “The May Bank Holiday weekend is one we look forward to for different reasons than most people as it really signals the start of the summer holiday season, our busiest time of the year.  This year it’s going to be the busiest in a decade thanks to the additional services.

“We’ve worked very hard to get these new services. It’s a priority for us to enable people use Shannon to get to all these destinations rather than having to travel long distances for their flights.

“What we need now is to spread the word about these services. The more Shannon services are supported, the more services we get.”

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.