Under pressure from all sides of late, this has been a very good week for Shannon Airport with the announcement by Aer Lingus of two new direct routes from Shannon, to Paris and Barcelona.
Aer Lingus plans to fly to Charles de Gaulle airport four times a week from March, and three times a week to Barcelona from May.
This week’s news comes hot on the heels of the recent announcement by Austrian airline Lauda of its new route from Shannon to Vienna, and together they bode well for a return to growth for Shannon Airport in 2020. These announcements also mark a flying start for local woman Mary Considine, recently appointed to the role of Chief Executive, Shannon Group.
Commenting on the Aer Lingus announcement, Mary Considine said, “The launch of the two new routes and the investment in two new A321LR aircraft at Shannon is evidence of our strong partnership with Aer Lingus”.
She added, “This development is a major advancement in our promise to connect our airport and the West of Ireland to a growing number of global destinations, helping us to make this region a thriving, connected place.”
Paris Charles de Gaulle and Barcelona are among the top five destinations in Europe and the launch of these new routes sends a very clear message to the market that Shannon is very much open for business.