SHANNON Airport has received a further transatlantic boost with news that US Airways is to resume its daily service to Philadelphia next year.
The route returns after an absence of four years and will generate an additional 30,000 passengers through the airport when it starts on May 22 next year.
Industry sources and the airport are pointing to the resumption of the seasonal Philadelphia service - together with the recent announcement of United Airline’s link with Chicago O’Hare next summer - as evidence of the steady recovery in demand for services between Ireland and the US.
Indeed, when the Philadelphia and Chicago services kick in, transatlantic services from Shannon will have increased by 22%.
The new flights to Philadelphia – the sixth most populous city in the US - will operate on a daily basis from May 22 to September 3 next year, departing Shannon at 11.35am daily.
Mary Considine, Shannon Airport director, said the news was “a great boost” for the airport.
“Philadelphia is a major hub for US Airways and offers onward connections to 175 destinations in the USA, Canada and the Caribbean so this opens up huge opportunities in terms of markets to and from Shannon through Philadelphia,” she said.
Andrew Nocella, US Airways Senior Vice President, Marketing and Planning, said that the airline was “thrilled to return to Shannon” with the seasonal service.
“As a popular destination in Europe, US Airways is thrilled to return to Shannon with seasonal service from our international gateway at Philadelphia International Airport,” he said.
US Airways first began operations from Philadelphia to Shannon in 2003, carrying over 320,000 passengers through Shannon until 2009.