Lufthansa to double Shannon/Frankfurt service

Lufthansa to double Shannon/Frankfurt service

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Shannon Airport’s first ever scheduled Lufthansa service is to double its capacity this year with confirmation that the German carrier will add a second weekly service to Frankfurt.

The service will now operate to Frankfurt on Thursdays as well as Saturdays, with the outbound leg on Thursdays arriving in Frankfurt in time to meet onward connections at one of Europe’s largest and most important airport hubs.

The service will operate weekly using an Embraer190 aircraft on Thursdays and an Airbus A319 on Saturdays and will run from the May 2nd to October 12th.

Commenting on the enhanced commitment, Andreas Koester, Senior Director Sales UK, Ireland & Iceland: “Testament to the demand for our services in this important market, we are delighted to be able to double our capacity on the Shannon-Frankfurt route. At Lufthansa, we pride ourselves on delivering high levels of customer satisfaction. This additional capacity enables us to offer even greater options for onward outbound connections through Europe and long haul destinations to Asia, Sao Paulo and Johannesburg, with the inbound flight offering a more seamless journey from the North Atlantic. We look forward to building on this success to further expand our footprint in Ireland.”

Photo: Sean Curtin

Welcoming the announcement, Shannon Airport Managing Director Andrew Murphy said:  “This is very positive news for us as it reaffirms the market that there is for Shannon for services into European hub airports. Lufthansa, which is one of Europe’s biggest airlines, came on board with this service in 2017 and would not be doubling frequency unless the demand was there.

Having Lufthansa commit with this second weekly service across the summer season is very encouraging from that perspective.  We have worked very hard on this, as we do with all our services, and are really pleased to be making this gain.”

Mr Murphy added: “In addition to the outbound opportunities for onward connections and, indeed, the opportunity this gives eastern markets to fly with one-stop connectivity into Shannon, the German market is the third largest tourism market for Ireland. As the gateway airport to the Wild Atlantic Way, we offer direct access for that market to the part of the country that resonates the most with them. We look forward to working with Lufthansa and growing this service further in the future.”

Scheduled flight times:

LH969 SNN 12.10 arriving FRA 15.20

LH968 FRA10.00 arriving SNN 11.15

 

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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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