Aer Lingus boost for Shannon capacity

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

AER Lingus has announced that it is to increase capacity on routes to Heathrow, Faro and Malaga from Shannon next summer
AER Lingus has announced that it is to increase capacity on routes to Heathrow, Faro and Malaga from Shannon next summer by an additional 55,000 seats.

AER Lingus has announced that it is to increase capacity on routes to Heathrow, Faro and Malaga from Shannon next summer by an additional 55,000 seats.

The airline is to increase capacity on the summer 2016 services to Heathrow by 35,000 seats, Faro by 10,000 seats and Malaga by 10,000.

The latest boost comes in addition to an already announced 20% seat increase on services to both Heathrow - 25,000 seats - and Lanzarote - 1,300 seats - both of which will kick in for the coming winter season.

Shannon Airport CEO Neil Pakey said it was “a really positive move for what are very popular services from Shannon”.

“London Heathrow is our busiest service and the increased capacity on the larger A320 aircraft here is very much in response to demand,” he said.

“In all, Aer Lingus will operate over 81,000 additional seats to Europe and the UK in the coming year which is great news not only for holidaymakers but also for our business community in the mid-west and along the west coast who tell us that Heathrow is simply for vital business connectivity.

“We are delighted also to get increased frequencies on both Faro and Malaga as well. There is very strong demand for outbound services to both Malaga and Faro for sun breaks and we expect these will be very popular in the region.”