VIDEO: Boost for Shannon as Aer Lingus add 100,000 seats

SHANNON Airport expects new and expanded services to the UK with Aer Lingus Regional will increase passenger numbers by 100,000 next year.

A new daily service to Bristol will begin in April 2014, while the airline has also committed to increasing frequencies to Manchester to three times a week and Birmingham to twice daily.

The flights are operated by Aer Arann under its franchise agreement with Aer Lingus. The new services are year round.

The airline said its decision to increase capacity at Shannon came as response to Minister for Finance Michael Noonan’s decision to reduce the air travel tax to zero.

“This is excellent news for Shannon,” said Shannon group CEO Neil Pakey.

“All three destinations have much to offer Irish travellers from a business and leisure perspective and the extra capacity will also be hugely beneficial for tourism across the wider west of Ireland region.

“Aer Lingus Regional will now have 96 UK regional flights a week to and from Shannon next summer and anticipates growing passenger numbers to 240,000 next year and to 250,000 in 2015.

“This illustrates its very strong contribution and commitment to Shannon,” he added.

The announcement will result in the creation of 20 new jobs at Shannon.

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