Boost for Shannon Airport

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

SHANNON airport has received conflicting news as a €1m investment was announced for its retail facility and Delta Airlines confirmed that it would resume its schedule to New York next year.

SHANNON airport has received conflicting news as a €1m investment was announced for its retail facility and Delta Airlines confirmed that it would resume its schedule to New York next year.

However, Ryanair’s announcement of four new routes between Knock and Europe has led some to question government policy on the airport.

Shannon’s retail facility has received a €1m upgrade by Dublin Airport Authority which claimed the investment would “radically improve the retail offer” in the airport. Work started on the revamp in September and will be completed early next month.

Shannon Airport Authority Chairman Brian O’Connell said the investment would “ensure the traditional welcome in our attractive new retail facilities will continue into the future”.

Delta announced the resumption of its non-stop seasonal service between Shannon and New York’s JFK on May 1 2012. Flights will operate daily throughout the summer, in cooperation with Air France KLM.

“Shannon is an important market for Delta, and we are excited about the return of the route next summer,” said Frank Jahangir of Delta. “In addition to the service to New York, the flight offers our Shannon customers convenient connections to more than 45 destinations across the US.”

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