SHANNON Airport is celebrating on the double with the return of year-round transatlantic services with Aer Lingus and Ryanair adding the historic French city of Poitiers to its summer services.
Aer Lingus is basing two Boeing 757s at Shannon, replacing a single larger Airbus aircraft, and the net effect will be to increase frequencies and allow year-round connectivity to Boston and New York.
Aer Lingus CEO Christoph Mueller visited Shannon this Wednesday for the inaugural 757 flight to Boston, which is daily. And Aer Lingus will fly to New York JFK six times a week - again on a year-round basis - from March 30.
“This is a significant day for Aer Lingus and for our team at Shannon Airport,” said Mr Mueller.
“Today’s flight marks the beginning of our major transatlantic expansion in 2014. We are confident that the increased number of flights from Shannon to New York and Boston will bring additional tourists to the western region and further support the strong international trade links between the region and the United States.”
Shannon CEO Neil Pakey said it was “a very important day” for the airport for tourism and for business.
“Our passengers see not just the return of year-round Aer Lingus transatlantic services for the first time since 2009 but also the near doubling of total frequencies to Boston and New York.”
Meanwhile, Ryanair’s new route to Poitiers will operate twice weekly from early April and comes on top of eight new seasonal routes announced before Christmas. It brings to 18 the number of destinations Ryanair serves out of Shannon.