US Airways finds Philly a seat-filler at Shannon

Mike Dwane

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Mike Dwane

US Airways finds Philly a seat-filler at Shannon
SUCH has been the early demand for US Airways’ reinstated route from Shannon to Philadelphia that the airline has extended the seasonal service by one month.

SUCH has been the early demand for US Airways’ reinstated route from Shannon to Philadelphia that the airline has extended the seasonal service by one month.

Originally slated to operate from May 22 to September 3, the service will now continue until October 5, a spokesman for the airport said.

“The extension of US Airways service, before it even begins, is another statement of confidence in the Shannon transatlantic market. Between 2003 and 2009, some 320,000 passengers were carried on this route at Shannon so there is most definitely strong demand and US Airways, we are glad to see, are benefiting from this,” he said.

“It’s been a really good start to life as an independent entity. We will have a 25% increase in the number of seats on transatlantic services this summer alone thanks to the commencement of this service, a new United Airlines Chicago service, plus the early return of Aer Lingus on Boston and New York last month and return of Delta also on JFK.”

Meanwhile a senior executive with US Airways will speak to local business people next week on why the company has returned to fly passengers between Shannon and the City of Brotherly Love.

Suzanne Boda will be guest speaker at Shannon Chamber’s spring lunch at Dromoland Castle on April 16.

“US Airways is thrilled to be back in Shannon this summer with non-stop service to our Philadelphia hub,” said Ms Boda.

“Ireland is a very popular destination for our customers and we look forward to adding Shannon back to our route map supplementing existing daily, year-round service between Philadelphia and Dublin.”

Shannon Chamber’s Kevin Thompstone said the region was “looking forward to seeing US Airways livery on the runways at Shannon”.