Disappointment at Ryanair axing of Shannon routes

Disappointment at Ryanair axing of Shannon routes


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Shannon Airport has expressed disappointment at news that Ryanair will axe three routes from there in the coming months.

The low-cost carrier will cease operations on the Bristol and Ibiza routes from the end of October while there will be no more flights to East Midlands in England after November 5th.

The airline has yet to comment on the move however management at Shannon Airport have confirmed that the airline will cut services on the routes.

A spokesperson for the airline said: “Due to commercial reasons, our Shannon routes to Bristol, East Midlands and Ibiza will not operate for Summer 2020.”

“Ryanair’s Shannon Summer 2020 schedule includes 15 routes to/from popular summer destinations such as Alicante, Faro and Malaga, with 51 weekly flights, which are on sale now from the Ryanair.com website,” the airline added.

Mary Considine, Acting CEO, Shannon Group said: “We are disappointed with Ryanair’s decision to cut Shannon services to Bristol, East Midlands and Ibiza from January 2020. In light of the slowdown in the global economy and the uncertainty of Brexit, this is a particularly challenging time for global aviation. In the last week alone, we have seen the closure and suspension of flights by three European airlines.”

“Ryanair is a valued airline partner and we understand the turbulent global economic climate that the aviation industry is facing. Ryanair will continue to operate 15 routes and carry 775,000 passengers from Shannon in 2020, and we are actively engaging with all our airline partners to explore opportunities to attract new Shannon services.”

Ryanair’s summer 2020 schedule from Shannon will include:

Alicante (2 per week)
Faro (4)
Fuerteventura (weekly)
Kaunas (2)
Krakow (2)
Lanzarote (3)
London Gatwick (daily)
Malaga (3)
Manchester (5)
Palma (3)
Reus (2)
Stansted (2 daily)
Venice Treviso (weekly)
Warsaw (2)
Wroclaw (2)

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.