Aer Lingus announce increased capacity from Shannon

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Neil Pakey, the group chief executive of Shannon Airport, said the growth was across all Shannon's markets  mainland Europe, the UK and transatlantic
AER Lingus has announced increased capacity on its Shannon to Boston route for summer 2015.

AER Lingus has announced increased capacity on its Shannon to Boston route for summer 2015.

The airline said it was increasing services on the popular route by 20% for twelve weeks in the peak summer period, between June and August.

The news was part of Aer Lingus’ unveiling of a preliminary summer 2015 schedule, which includes new services from Dublin to Washington among its transatlantic services.

“I’m pleased to announce that Aer Lingus will offer an expanded choice of destinations and value to the travelling public next summer,” said Stephen Kavanagh, chief strategy and planning officer with the airline.

Mr Kavanagh said the expanded transatlantic services from Ireland, “combined with our extensive European network continues to deliver upon our commitment to connect Ireland to the World”.

This latest news comes after Shannon’s summer season saw passenger numbers up by 22% and 17% respectively in August and September compared to the corresponding months last year.

Those figures continued the overall trend of passenger growth at Shannon, where management expect a double digit increase in traffic over the full year.

CEO Neil Pakey said the growth was across all Shannon’s markets – mainland Europe, the UK and transatlantic.

Ryanair’s new deal at Shannon appears to have accounted for much of the European growth.

“The biggest percentage growth on the same months last year was across the airport’s European network, with a 73% rise in August - up from 36,702 in same month last year to 63,422 this year - thanks to the eight new destinations across the airport’s continental network,” a spokesman for the airport said. There was in addition a 51% increase in European traffic in September.

Passengers coming from and going to the UK increased by 5% in August and 3% in September. And transatlantic traffic also continues to grow, with this cohort up by 9% in August and 11% in September.

But research showed that while more Americans may be using the airport, a lesser share of them are taking in Limerick when they do come. That was according to a poll of non-Irish transatlantic passengers conducted at Shannon by Red C.