Shannon Airport’s Declan Power has urged the travelling public to use Ryanair’s service to Liverpool and the one to Bristol, which has been reinstated after three years.
“These are two services that many members of the public were keen to see back on the schedule and we are delighted that Ryanair has answered the call,” said Power, Head of Aviation Development at Shannon.
“Ryanair is a very significant player not just for Shannon Airport but this region, as reflected in the number of services they will operate from Shannon this year. Our ask now is, having got these services back, that the public takes advantage and makes the most of them.”Shannon-Bristol will operate on Mondays and Thursdays, while the Liverpool service runs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
The two services are in addition to an extension of Ryanair’s Manchester frequencies – going 6w – and will see an additional 60,000 extra seats at Shannon this summer. They will also bring to 17 the number of Ryanair services operating from Shannon this year, including a popular new Barcelona-Reus service launched last month.
The airport recorded a 5pc increase in passengers recorded in the first quarter, and it will have 150 weekly departures during the summer season. In addition to Ryanair’s growth, Shannon this year will also have its busiest transatlantic schedule for 17 years, with eight services operated to seven destinations. Early next month it will commence its Toronto service with Air Canada.
Airport Managing Director Andrew Murphy said: “Today is another exciting day in a positive year so far for us and the wider region. These new Liverpool and Bristol services not alone represent opportunities for passengers from Shannon to travel to what are two very popular cities but also represent a tourism opportunity for this region.”