SUMMER has arrived at Shannon Airport with the launch of new seasonal routes to the Algarve and Glasgow,
Flybe is to operate flights to the Scottish city three times a week while Aer Lingus will also fly between Shannon and Faro thrice-weekly over the summer months.
Andrew Strong, Flybe UK’s managing director said: “we are pleased to provide this brand new route that reflects the established Celtic connections between Glasgow and Shannon which is reflected by strong business, tourism and leisure links”.
“We expect the passenger numbers generated on this route to contribute further to the growth of local business and tourism economies on both sides of the Irish Sea.”
And Tourism Ireland’s Vanessa Markey said Scotland’s strong Irish connections would boost efforts to bring people with ancestral links here back for The Gathering 2013.
Meanwhile, Aer Lingus’ inaugural flight to Faro departed last Thursday and brings to 58 the total number of services in and out of Shannon operated by the airline every week.
“The Algarve is a really popular destination for holidaymakers from all over Ireland. We now have services from Shannon, Cork, Dublin and Belfast. We’ve seen strong demand for bookings since we announced the Shannon to Faro service,” commented Declan Kearney, Aer Lingus’ director of communications.
“So strong that we’ve increased the frequency from two to three flights per week and are running the service for an additional six weeks to the end of October.”
Shannon Airport director Mary Considine said that “the fact that Ireland is the seventh strongest international market for The Algarve shows how strong the demand is here for flights to Faro”.
“Getting a Faro service back at Shannon was one of our key objectives for 2013 and we look forward to working with Aer Lingus to ensure passengers enjoy the convenience and ease of using our airport.”