Christmas a cracker for Shannon as passengers grow 15%

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

Shannon Airport chief executive Neil Pakey
PASSENGER numbers through Shannon this holiday season are in line for an increase of 15% on last year’s seasonal traffic.

PASSENGER numbers through Shannon this holiday season are in line for an increase of 15% on last year’s seasonal traffic.

The airport estimates that some 51,000 people will have used Shannon between the weekend of December 20/21 and the first week in January.

Shannon Airport CEO Neil Pakey said this represented Shannon’s busiest Christmas since 2009.

“We’ve had a really busy start to the Christmas period. We expect passenger numbers to be up by 15% up on last year’s figures,” he said.

“It’s a great time to be at an airport as whether passengers are outbound or inbound, there’s typically a homecoming happening and that creates a magical mood,” Mr Pakey added.

The feeling of goodwill is in keeping with another year of growth at Shannon. The airport has picked up the latest in a string of awards in being named among the winners at the InBusiness magazine’s Editor’s Choice Awards.

In only its second year as an independent entity, Shannon won the best newcomer award at the ceremony in Dublin. It follows awards won by Shannon earlier in the year for its marketing - at the World Routes Awards in Chicago - and the Airport Achievement Award for 2014/2015 from the European Regions Airline Association.

“We’ve had a really strong year on so many fronts, not least with the continued growth of passenger numbers at Shannon and the finalisation of the Shannon Group. We’ve got a lot of recognition for this through international and national awards and the InBusiness Editor’s Choice crowns it off nicely at year end,” Mr Pakey said.

“InBusiness is backed by Chambers Ireland, which is Ireland’s largest business organisation, so that adds further validation to this award and our success this year. It’s been a fantastic team effort by all at Shannon and we look forward to 2015 and more of the same,” he added.