OVER 4,500 adults and children are taking to the skies as part of Shannon Airport and Ryanair’s magical ‘Operation Santa’ lift off.
Last weekend 2,000 were taken 15,000 ft into the air to meet with Santa on board the Ryanair flights. In all, over 4,500 adults and children will be carried on 24 flights to meet Santa by the time Operation Santa winds down.
Before the flights they also got to lap up the Christmas party atmosphere generated at the airport, complete with Santa’s elves, cartoon costumed characters, a Punch & Judy Show, balloon artists and a range of give aways.
The Santa Flights mark the commencement of Ryanair’s eight new routes – Berlin, Paris, Fuerteventura, Warsaw, Faro, Munich, Nice and Krakow – at the end of March. They also continued a memorable weekend of community engagement at Shannon, which started on Friday night with a free Christmas music celebration with Ireland’s first lady of traditional music Sharon Shannon, in front of 1,200 guests to salute the airport’s first year as an independent entity.
“It’s been an amazing weekend. To see the smiles of all of these children and the fun they were having made all this effort so worth it...we had 4,500 seats available and could have done with ten times the number,” said Shannon Airport CEO Neil Pakey.
Within three hours of announcing the flights Ryanair had a total of 15,000 applications.