Aer Lingus confirms Shannon to New York flight will operate year-round in 2019

Aer Lingus launching its year round service to New York from Shannon in 2014. It will again operate year round in 2019 Picture Press 22

Aer Lingus launching its year round service to New York from Shannon in 2014. It will again operate year round in 2019 Picture Press 22

AER Lingus has confirmed that its Shannon to New York JFK service will operate year-round in 2019, a move that has been welcomed by the airport.

But the announcement comes on foot of the airline confirming it will suspend its Boston service from Shannon in the early months of next year - a move mirrored last week by low cost airline Norwegian.

Norwegian said it was to add to its service to Stewart International Airport, Orange County – just 90 minutes from New York – while suspending its route to Providence Green Airport, near Boston, during the ‘quieter winter season’.

While the Aer Lingus Boston route will be affected during January to March, the JFK service will operate year round in 2019 instead, adding significantly to capacity from the airport next year.

An Aer Lingus spokesperson said the Shannon transatlantic service would operate through winter season 2018/19, citing "greater overall demand during this period" than the Boston route.

It means Shannon Airport will now have two year-round services to New York, a move very much welcomed by Matthew Thomas, Shannon Group CEO and business interests in the region.

“We are delighted that Aer Lingus will be operating a New York to Shannon service year-round in 2019,” he said.

“With 40% of US foreign direct investment in Ireland within Shannon’s catchment area, this is great news for our business community, and makes our region much more attractive for future US foreign direct investment,” he added.

Shannon Airport managing director Andrew Murphy said: “We welcome the decision by Aer Lingus to restore its year-round New York service which will benefit the business community and leisure travellers who will have more options to avail of onward connections to over 90 destinations at the JFK airport, JetBlue’s largest hub airport.”

Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen, said the route was an “economically strategic connection”.

“This decision by Aer Lingus ensures Shannon has year round connectivity to a key Hub with more than 90 connections. Such connectivity to the Mid-West Region through Shannon Airport is vital to Foreign Direct Investment, trade and the expansion of our indigenous companies,” he said.