Shannon Group CEO Mary Considine today welcomed the announcement by Aer Lingus of two new European routes from Shannon to Paris and Barcelona, highlighting the benefits of the connections for the region.
Paris Charles de Gaulle is one of Europe’s busiest hub airports, delivering an attractive offering for inbound and outbound business and tourist travellers but one also with huge opportunities for onward connections. Barcelona, meanwhile, is one of Europe’s most visited cities and will prove a very attractive addition to the Shannon schedule for next year creating new opportunities for cruising, city breaks, sun holidays and for inbound Spanish tourists.
The new services to Paris will commence on 29th March, while Barcelona will commence on 2nd May and will operate initially for the summer season on a 4 per-week and 3 per-week basis respectively until 31st October.
“As we turn towards the end of the year, three new services have been announced for Shannon, two of them today with Aer Lingus and this is a very important and timely boost for Shannon and the wider region,” Mary Considine said.
“The launch of these two new routes and the investment in two new A321LR aircraft at Shannon is evidence of the strong partnership we have with Aer Lingus. 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.”
She continued: “This announcement today, against the backdrop of a very challenging aviation market is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our Airport Route Development team, who have worked very closely with Aer Lingus over the past year to secure these additional services for this region. Together, our Group is excited about working with Aer Lingus and our stakeholders, to ensure these services are a success for the region, recognising the key role they can play in supporting FDI, tourism and our indigenous enterprise sector.”
Reid Moody, Chief Strategy and Planning Officer of Aer Lingus said: “We are delighted to illustrate our continued commitment to the Shannon region today by announcing two exciting new routes from the airport for summer 2020. The addition of both Paris and Barcelona to our schedule brings Aer Lingus’ network in Shannon up to nine routes during summer 2020.
“Our ambition for the future is underpinned by a profitable, sustainable short-haul network supported by our guest-focused brand and digitally-enabled value proposition. These new routes offer new business and leisure opportunities for Shannon, as well as providing fantastic inbound tourism opportunities for the region for visitors from both cities. This announcement illustrates our ambition for Shannon in the coming years.”
Said Shannon Group Chairman Rose Hynes: “This is a really positive announcement for Shannon Airport and the region. Paris Charles de Gaulle and Barcelona are among the top five destinations in Europe. These services will see Shannon grow passengers again in 2020 and sends a very clear message to the market that Shannon is very much open for business.”
Andrew Murphy, Managing Director Shannon Airport, further added “We are delighted with this news today and we will be working very hard with the airline, Tourism Ireland and other stakeholders to ensure the new routes are successful. A priority now is to do what we can to ensure the public supports these new routes and get to enjoy the ease of using Shannon Airport in the process. This would then give Aer Lingus a platform to consider doing more from Shannon in the future.”