Shannon Airport looks forward to 'year of growth' as Ryanair add new services

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Ryanair has added two new routes and is to increase frequency on an existing UK service from Shannon, it has announced

Ryanair has added two new routes and is to increase frequency on an existing UK service from Shannon, it has announced

SHANNON Airport has said it is looking forward to a 'year of growth' in 2018 as Ryanair adds new services from the airport.

The airline has added two new routes and is to increase frequency on an existing UK service from Shannon, it has announced this Friday.

Ryanair has today put on sale its new three times weekly Liverpool service from May 19 - on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays - and a twice weekly Bristol service - on Mondays and Thursdays - from May 17 and has has also added Tuesdays and Wednesdays to its popular Manchester service from Shannon, which will now run six days weekly. 

The additional services and Manchester extension will add 60,000 extra seats at Shannon this summer. The two new services bring to 17 the number of destinations that will be served by Ryanair from Shannon this year.

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: "Ryanair is pleased to launch two new Shannon routes to Bristol and Liverpool, and more flights to Manchester, which will operate from May to October, as part of our Summer 2018 schedule.

"These new routes and additional frequencies will add a further 60,000 seats to-from Shannon. To celebrate, we are releasing seats for sale on these routes from just €19.99 for travel in May and June, which are available for booking until Sunday."

Welcoming the announcement, Shannon Group CEO Matthew Thomas said that 2018 is going to be "a year of growth for Shannon".

"We’re gearing up very well for 2018. We’ve already had the announcement of additional transatlantic services this year, and we now have this very positive move by Ryanair for our UK schedule to add to the new Reus-Barcelona service Ryanair is starting in March," he said.

"The UK is our largest market and it is encouraging that despite the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, we are adding new services into the UK. We look forward to working with Ryanair on these new services and to the region’s support in making them a success."

Shannon Airport managing director Andrew Murphy said "Liverpool and Bristol are popular outbound destinations from Shannon but both also have an inbound opportunity for this region.

"Tourism Ireland’s support for these services is very much in acknowledgement of that and their commitment will lead to additional tourists coming into the region and they must be commended for that."

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland said the announcement was "great news for tourism to the west coast of Ireland, expanding the options for holidaymakers from the North West of England and Bristol to experience the wonders of the Wild Atlantic Way.

"We already work closely with Ryanair and look forward to cooperating with them to maximise the promotion of the new flights.

"As our nearest neighbour and our largest market for overseas tourism, Britain remains a priority for us and we have a very busy marketing programme rolling out there right now. As an island the importance of convenient flights cannot be overstated – they are critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.”