Lufthansa route: Matthew Thomas, Declan Power and Andrew Murphy of Shannon mark the announcement
LUFTHANSA has announced its first ever scheduled service from Shannon, with the airport to connect with Frankfurt from 2017.
The new Shannon Frankfurt route will operate weekly – on a Saturday – from April 29 to October 28 next year, using an A319 aircraft.
Shannon Group CEO Matthew Thomas said the airport was “delighted to welcome Lufthansa to Shannon with their first scheduled service.
“This is a significant milestone for our airport and region by one of the world’s major airlines,” he said.
“Germany is Ireland’s third-largest source of visitors and the addition of this new Frankfurt Main service is great news for the Irish tourism industry along the west coast and beyond as Shannon Airport will provide German holidaymakers with a gateway to the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way and Irish holidaymakers with an opportunity to explore a wonderful part of Germany.
“We look forward to working with the team at Lufthansa and our Irish Tourism industry partners to ensure the success of the new service.”
Lufthansa Group’s senior director sales for UK, Ireland and Iceland, Andreas Köster, said the airline was “very happy to announce this new non-stop flight directly to the heart of Germany.
“Customers from the Western part of Ireland will travel in in just a bit more than two hours to Frankfurt. It will connect our hub and offer a smooth connection to some intercontinental destinations such as Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo or Singapore."
The news comes after the recent announcement that Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is to launch a new service from Shannon to Stockholm in 2017.
The airport believes that the new Frankfurt service reinforces Shannon’s position as the natural gateway for the Wild Atlantic Way as well as connecting it to the financial heartbeat of continental Europe.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, warmly welcomed the new service.
“This will certainly expand travel options for German holidaymakers wishing to visit the Wild Atlantic Way and the West of Ireland next summer,” he said.
“We look forward to working closely with Lufthansa and Shannon Airport to maximise the promotion of this new route and to help drive demand for the flight. As an island destination, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.”