Aer Lingus New York flights return early to satisfy St Patrick’s Day demand

Niall Maloney, Shannon Airport operations director; Kilkenny Rose Vera McGrath; Limerick Rose Dawn Ryan and Alison Gormley, Aer Lingus Shannon celebrate the return of Aer Lingus' services from Shannon to New York JFK. Picture: Liam Burke/Press 22
AER Lingus has recommenced services from Shannon to New York a week ahead of schedule to accommodate the huge numbers heading to St Patrick’s Day celebrations across the pond.

AER Lingus has recommenced services from Shannon to New York a week ahead of schedule to accommodate the huge numbers heading to St Patrick’s Day celebrations across the pond.

The carrier has cited lower winter demand in cutting services between January and March in recent years.

But such was the demand for seats this year that the recommencement of services on the route was brought forward by one week.

According to Niall Maloney, operations director at Shannon: “Aer Lingus has a long legacy of transatlantic services at Shannon and it’s great to see them back this year ahead of schedule on JFK to cater for demand around St Patrick’s Day”.

“Outside of Ireland there are more people of Irish descent in New York than anywhere else in the world and that creates a huge market for services, particularly across the western half of the island with so many people having emigrated from here in the past.

“Shannon is the only airport from Cork right up to the northwest with transatlantic services so we play a major role in supporting tourism and industry links with these services. You can see it here today as we have passengers from Waterford, Dublin, Sligo, Galway, Mayo and Cavan,” Mr Maloney said.

Aer Lingus director of communications Declan Kearney said: “We are happy to recommence services between Shannon and New York in time for the St Patrick’s Day celebrations. We continue to grow our transatlantic business adding extra capacity and a bigger choice of destinations to North America. New connections across the USA allow for seamless transfer options, making Aer Lingus the smart choice.”

Among those flying from Shannon last Sunday were two of the Rose of Tralee representatives taking part in the New York parade. Limerick Rose Dawn Ryan and Kilkenny Rose Vera McGrath.

“There’s around 40 Roses going to join the parade and it should be great fun. For both of us it’s our first time going to New York so it’s really exciting. It will be great to meet up with everyone again as well,” said Dawn.