Shannon flying high as passenger numbers increase

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

Shannon Airport chief executive Neil Pakey
SHANNON Airport’s strong momentum has continued into October, with passenger numbers up 28% on the same period twelve months ago.

SHANNON Airport’s strong momentum has continued into October, with passenger numbers up 28% on the same period twelve months ago.

The biggest gains in passengers through the terminal were again on European services, with eight continental services among the nine new routes launched for the summer season, running from April through to end of October; the ninth is a new Bristol service.

This resulted in a 111% increase in passengers to and from the continent last month compared to October 2013, from 20,347 to 42,950.

Transatlantic passengers were up by 15%, from 23,511 to 27,108, thanks to the increased frequency across New York and Boston services this year, with Shannon’s biggest market, the UK, up by six per cent, from 61,681 to 65,243.

Welcoming the growth, airport chief executive Neil Pakey said “it’s been a really great summer season for Shannon and finished out with a very strong October.

“A very encouraging aspect to the growth is that there were gains across our three main markets, Europe, the UK and US. Increases in European services are particularly strong thanks to the nine new services this summer season but the US also performed very well as a result of greater frequencies.

“It was also heartening to see growth on UK services as this is the strongest market for Ireland and a 6% percentage growth month-over-month is quite significant,” he added.

Mr Pakey said that with six new services this winter season compared to last year’s, growth is also achievable over the coming months.

“We have new winter services this year to Berlin, Bristol, Fuerteventura, Krakow, Paris and Warsaw. These, together with our other winter services, provide a really strong array of destinations for weekend or winter sun breaks as well as for business travellers.

“It’s good news also for the region as our winter schedule this year has really good options from an inbound perspective, which is particularly good for tourism operators.”