Passengers travelling to London from Shannon Airport have an additional option starting today with the return of the Aer Lingus Heathrow service, after an 18-month absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Aer Lingus will operate the route while works are carried out on the runway at Cork Airport. Efforts are however underway to secure a resumption of the popular Shannon to Heathrow route however Aer Lingus has not yet committed to resuming services from Shannon.
The service will operate for ten weeks during the closure of Cork Airport for runway upgrade works. Arrival times from London into Shannon are 16:10 on Monday through Friday and Sunday, with arrival time on Saturdays scheduled for 15:45.
Shannon Group CEO Mary Considine said it was great to see the service back in what has been and continues to be an extremely difficult period for the aviation sector.
“The connectivity provided by Aer Lingus at Shannon has always been a valuable contributor to the regional economy. The hub status of Heathrow for businesses to connect with the global marketplace is crucial, and the inbound Heathrow service helps drive tourism into the region. We are working closely with Aer Lingus and our other airline partners to build on the service and to resume long-haul services,” said Ms Considine.
Commenting on the general outlook at Shannon Ms Considine said: “With the Heathrow service now up and running, and our new Luton service due to begin operation at the end of October, we have services to all four of the largest London airports.
We would like to thank our customers for their loyalty and ask them for their continued support as we navigate our way back to recovery and growth which will take some time yet.”
Flight schedule for London Heathrow/Shannon service:
EI-385 will depart London Heathrow at 14:45 and arrive in Shannon at 16:10 on Monday through Friday and Sunday.
EI-385 will depart London Heathrow at 14:20 and arrive in Shannon at 15:45 on Saturdays.
EI-386 will depart Shannon at 17:00 and arrive in London Heathrow at 18:25 every day.
Welcome back to @ShannonAirport @AerLingus flight #EI385. Hopefully home for good. pic.twitter.com/uACqKD1d43
— Pat Flynn (@patsyflynn) September 13, 2021