RYANAIR’S new summer service from Shannon to Alicante will entice many of the 40,000 holidaymakers flying out of Dublin and Cork back to their local airport, according to the Shannon Airport Authority.
The airline’s deputy chief executive Michael Cawley said 30,000 seats would go on sale for twice-weekly flights between June and September.
Since the Alicante route was discontinued in Shannon in 2010, an estimated 40,000 people have been travelling to airports outside the Mid-West to get to the popular Alicante/Murcia region.
“This is really good news for thousands of holidaymakers from this region as Alicante is one of the most popular sun destinations operated from this airport. Thankfully, these people now have the pleasure and convenience again of flying from Shannon and we expect it will be a hugely successful route,” commented Shannon Airport Authority chairman Rose Hynes.
Helen Downes, chief executive of Shannon Chamber, said “the lack of a direct service from Shannon” in recent years had “added time and expense to holiday costs due to having to travel to other airports to make the connection”.
Bringing this business back into Shannon is great for the airport and for the region,” Ms Downes said, urging the people of Limerick and the Mid-West to support the reinstated service.
Recent expansion of services from Shannon by Ryanair and others showed the decision to separate the airport from the DAA was working, according to Fine Gael’s Deputy Kieran O’Donnell.
“Chief among the other new initiatives is the 25% increase in transatlantic summer capacity in Shannon, including United’s new Chicago service, the addition of extra summer flights to Palma and Malaga by Ryanair, Aer Lingus’ new Faro summer service, as well as Flybe’s new Glasgow service,” he said.
“Taken as a whole, all of this shows that Shannon’s position is strengthening since it became independent.”