TICKETS are selling out fast for charter flights put on to get Munster fans from Shannon to the south of France for the Heineken Cup semi-final on April 27.
Over 1,000 seats went on sale last week ahead of the clash against French aristocrats Toulon at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille.
And a company run by former Irish international Trevor Brennan has also got in on the act, putting on a day return from Shannon for €359 plus €65 in taxes.
Munster’s quarter final victory over Toulouse and confirmation that the semi-final would take place in Marseille saw regular Ryanair flights from Shannon and Cork to the south of France begin to fill up. Shannon had acted swiftly, the airport’s chief commercial officer Andrew Murphy said, to put on extra charter flights to accommodate the thousands of rugby fans expected to once again dig deep and travel to Munster’s biggest away game in years.
“Marseille is probably rubbing its hands at the thoughts of the influx of Munster fans for the match. We have been inundated at Shannon with calls and e-mails about flights. That’s something we expected once Munster got through as Munster supporters are probably the most dedicated in club rugby and will travel in huge numbers for the game,” said Mr Murphy.
“We have been working hard to get additional capacity and have been successful with the two one-day charters and the team flight, which will involve a two-night stay but which is already booked out.”
A limited number of tickets on the day-return charters are still available and can be booked through local travel agents.
Mr Murphy also advised Munster fans to keep an eye on the airport website (www.shannonairport.ie), Twitter and Facebook pages in the event that more seats come available in the coming days.
Shannon has also seen a spike in bookings on its new Ryanair service to Nice, which is two hours from Marseille, and to London Stansted, which has onward connections to France’s second city.