Shannon welcomes new summer service for 2019 as Ryanair confirms route

Shannon welcomes new summer service for 2019 as Ryanair confirms route

Ryanair has announced details of a new route from Shannon Airport in 2019

RYANAIR has announced a new route from Shannon Airport for summer 2019, bringing another 22,000 seats to the region.

The airline confirmed a new twice weekly East Midlands service for next year’s summer season, which has been welcomed as another major boost in a very positive year for the airport.

Ryanair will operate the service from April 5 to October 25, 2019, on Mondays and Fridays, strengthening its regional connectivity by another 22,000 seats.

It comes just over a month after the airline announced another new twice-weekly service to Ibiza, also starting in April of next year.

Ryanair also confirmed the return of its twice weekly Shannon-Bristol route.

Shannon pointed to a “hugely positive” year that has seen its passengers up 30% from gaining it independence in 2013 and its “best year in over a decade”.

“We are delighted with this new service for next year which gives us another option in the UK for our passengers,” said airport managing director Andrew Murphy.

“It builds on a very strong year with the commencement of our new Barcelona-Reus and Bristol services with Ryanair and the recent announcement of a first ever service to Ibiza from Shannon, and confirmation that the popular Alicante service will be operated year-round.

“We are working very hard to build capacity in Shannon. We are delighted that East Midlands is now on our summer schedule for 2019 and we look forward to working with Ryanair to make this and their other 17 services planned for 2019 a success.

“East Midlands will be a great service for families who wish to visit the hugely popular Alton Towers theme park, or couples or friends wishing to visit Nottingham or Derbyshire, two wonderfully historic and scenic parts of England. And then there’s the sporting aspect to it, with the likes of Leicester and Nottingham Forest in football and Leicester Tigers in rugby,” he added.

Matthew Thomas, CEO, Shannon Group said: “This latest announcement caps a very positive 12 months for Shannon. It’s very much a case of the hard work paying off.

“We’ve invested hugely to develop Shannon into the fastest, easiest and friendliest airport for our passengers.  The outcome has been passenger numbers increasing year on year since 2012. 2018 has been our best year in over a decade and that is down to our determined commitment to provide the best possible service and experience for our passengers.”

Tourism Ireland also warmly welcomed today’s announcement by Ryanair, saying it would help to boost tourism to the Wild Atlantic Way from the all-important British market.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is more good news for Irish tourism as we prepare for 2019, offering more choice for British holidaymakers who wish to visit Ireland and bringing them to the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way.

“We work very closely with Ryanair and Shannon Airport and we look forward to co-operating with them to maximise the promotion of this new flight from East Midlands. As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.”