AER Lingus will fly twice weekly from Shannon to Malaga next summer in what is the latest boost for the Mid-West airport.
And the airline has also confirmed it will return in April with its service to Faro, meaning it will go head-to-head with Ryanair next summer on bringing tourists to the ever-popular Algarve coast.
Shannon Airport chief executive officer Neil Pakey commented on the Malaga route: “We had an excellent summer this year in terms of new services and passenger growth and to be edging towards year end with yet another commitment for 2014 gives further confidence for the year ahead.”
“Malaga is one of the most important destinations for holiday makers, servicing long-term favourites like Marbella, Benalmadena, Torremolinos, Fuengirola as well as other emerging areas like Estepona, Nerja, Mijas and many more. Malaga airport is the gateway to these hugely popular resorts along the Costa del Sol so this new service will be very welcome indeed.”
As well as seasonal routes to the Mediterranean sun, Aer Lingus has also doubled frequencies on transatlantic services to New York and Boston during 2014 through the use of smaller aircraft.
“We are also delighted to see Aer Lingus strengthen its transatlantic services next year. This comes on the back of an excellent summer season this year on transatlantic, which saw up to 40% increases in month-over-month passenger numbers at Shannon,” Mr Pakey said.