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Shannon Airport has bounced back from the Norwegian transatlantic blow with news that  Aer Lingus is to operate Shannon to New York JFK year-round from 2019.

Last week Norwegian, in a controversial decision, said it was suspending its winter services from both Shannon and Cork to Boston-Providence “due to lower demand”. However, Shannon will see Norwegian’s service to New York-Stewart rise from 3w to 4w this winter.

Matthew Thomas, CEO of Shannon Group

Matthew Thomas, CEO of Shannon Group

Shannon said it is set to operate it largest transatlantic service in 17 years with eight transatlantic services operated by six different carriers across seven destinations from Shannon in 2018.

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Matthew Thomas, Shannon Group CEO said: “We are delighted that Aer Lingus will be operating a New York-Shannon service year-round in 2019.  With 40pc of US foreign direct investment in Ireland within Shannon’s catchment area, this is great news for our business community, and makes our region much more attractive for future US FDI.”

Andrew Murphy, Managing Director, Shannon Airport, said the year-round service “will benefit the business community and leisure travellers who will have more options to avail of onward connections to over 90 destinations at the JFK airport, JetBlue’s largest hub airport”.

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