Ryanair expands Shannon to Manchester service

Ryanair expands Shannon to Manchester service


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

Shannon Group has confirmed that Ryanair will expand its Manchester service to Shannon Airport.

The airline is increasing its operation from five to six days a week with the new Tuesday service commencing March 31st departing Shannon at 2.10pm.

The service currently operates on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

From March 31st, the Saturday service will be dropped but will operate on all other six days.

Welcoming the announcement Andrew Murphy, Managing Director, Shannon Airport said: “The decision by Ryanair to expand its Manchester service is a vote of confidence in the region by the airline and will further enhance our offering to our customers, adding an additional 12,000 seats on this popular route in the peak season.

“We are also delighted to have the Lauda twice weekly Vienna services on our summer schedule starting on 1st April this year, a service that will boost business for our tourism industry along the Wild Atlantic Way. We look forward to working closely with Ryanair and its sister company Lauda to make the expanded Manchester and new Vienna service a success.”

Commenting on the Manchester announcement, Mary Considine, CEO, Shannon Group said: “As we move closer to the UK’s departure from the EU on January 31st, this is a very important and timely boost for Shannon and the wider region as it increases capacity on a UK route that serves business and tourism sectors in our region post Brexit.“

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.