SUCH has been the early demand for US Airwaysâ€™ 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.
â€œThe 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,â€ he said.
â€œItâ€™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.â€
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 Chamberâ€™s spring lunch at Dromoland Castle on April 16.
â€œUS Airways is thrilled to be back in Shannon this summer with non-stop service to our Philadelphia hub,â€ said Ms Boda.
â€œIreland 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.â€
Shannon Chamberâ€™s Kevin Thompstone said the region was â€œlooking forward to seeing US Airways livery on the runways at Shannonâ€.