Rosanna Nicolosi, Isabel Harrison, Eimear Ryan, Andrew Murphy, Teresa Gancedo Nieto, Michelle Crotty and Tony Brazil at the launch of the flights Picture: Arthur Ellis
A NEW twice weekly service to Barcelona Reus took flight this Tuesday morning from Shannon Airport.
The Ryanair flight took off at 10.50am for the popular destination for the first time in nine years from Shannon and will run Tuesdays and Saturdays until October 27.
The service adds to the airport’s growing list of sun destinations this year, a slate that also includes the likes of Alicante, Faro, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Malaga, Palma and Tenerife.
This new Spanish service lands passengers into an airport just 90 minutes from the Catalan capital, Barcelona, which is Europe’s third most visited city.
It bolsters the airline’s Shannon schedule, bringing to 17 the number of Ryanair services operating from the airport this year.
The new Barcelona, Liverpool and Bristol services, together with the Manchester service extension, will add an extra 80,000 Ryanair seats at Shannon this this year.
Welcoming the launch of the service, Shannon Airport Managing Director Andrew Murphy said: “This is a very positive day for Shannon and for holiday makers from the region. In terms of services that we wanted to get back on the Shannon schedule, Barcelona-Reus has been one we have been worked hardest on so we are delighted that today has arrived.
"In terms of European destinations, this region of Spain is one of the most interesting and exciting in all of Europe.”
Head of Aviation Development at Shannon Airport, Declan Power said the Reus flights are "a great addition to our summer services".
"The Costa Dorada region is legendary, with destinations such as Salou and Cambrils and then wonderful city break options with Barcelona, the centrepiece and Reus and Tarragona.
"In addition, we are sure that the service will be welcome news to many football enthusiasts out there as this offers them the opportunity to watch FC Barcelona in action. It’s a fantastic mix and a service we’re confident will do very well," he said.