ANOTHER ray of sunshine for Shannon Airport has come this week in the shape of additional seats on Ryanair routes to Palma and Malaga this summer.
The airline is to increase frequency to the popular Spanish sun destinations from twice to three times a week.
As the newly independent airport seeks to recover passengers it has lost in recent years - many of the losses arising from the discontinuation of the 2005 Ryanair base deal - its chairman Rose Hynes said Ryanair was one of a number of airlines with which management was in negotiations.
From May to October 2013, the Shannon-Palma service will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, while those headed for Malaga/Marbella can depart on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays during the peak season.
“This is a welcome boost for the many thousands of people from the west of Ireland that travel for annual sun holidays. The increased frequencies on these routes means that holidaymakers now have greater flexibility in planning their holidays from their local airport,” said Mary Considine, director of Shannon Airport.
“With these additional Ryanair services, the new Faro route, the doubling of Bodrum flights and new services into Glasgow, Chicago and Philadelphia, we are looking at appreciable growth on our summer services this year, which is very much welcome for the airport and particularly our passengers.”
While the increased frequencies to Spain won’t deliver much by way of inbound tourism, Shannon Chamber chief executive Helen Downes commented that the extra services secured by Shannon to the USA and UK “not only offer better options from Shannon but also increased visitor potential for the Shannon region”.