This week has been a particularly good news week for Shannon Airport as it welcomed two significant new routes which are set to commence in 2017. The good news comes despite a CSO report which highlighted a small drop in passenger numbers in Q2 2017.
First came the announcement by Air Canada of a new direct service from Shannon to Toronto which will operate from 2nd June to 13th October 2018.
This was then quickly followed when Ryanair announced it is to introduce a new Shannon Airport service to Barcelona-Reus next summer.
The Air Canada announcement was particularly significant as the service looks set to open new trade and tourism opportunities with Canada. Toronto Pearson International airport is an Air Canada hub and from here passengers can connect to over 190 onward destinations on five continents.
Outlining the potential for the service Andrew Murphy, Managing Director, Shannon Airport said: “The new service will undoubtedly provide a major boost for Irish tourism and create new trade opportunities.
Canadian tourists are high spenders and businesses along the Wild Atlantic Way, in particular, will benefit as the route will deliver significant Canadian visitors directly to their doorstep.”
The Ryanair announcement will come as a welcome addition, particularly for holidaymakers. In addition to the Catalan capital, which is just 90 minutes away, Reus also serves Costa Dorada and its famed beach destinations such as Salou and Cambrils.
The region also boasts one of Europe’s largest theme parks, PortAventura World, just 15 minutes from Reus Airport.
The twice weekly service from March 27th to October 27th will give passengers direct access into one of the leading holiday regions in Spain, including one of Europe’s most popular city destinations, Barcelona.
Reading new CSO stats released earlier this week might have given one cause for some concern in relation to Shannon Airport. According to latest figures from Q2 in 2017, Shannon Airport was the only Irish airport to see a reduction in passenger numbers in the second quarter of 2017 according to the latest report issued by the CSO.
The airport recorded a decline in passenger numbers, down 5.5% to just below 455,000. However, the figures relating to the summer period have yet to be assessed with Shannon expected to fare well as a key gateway airport for the tremendously popular Wild Atlantic Way.
Last month, Shannon Airport welcomed the announcement by American Airlines of its intention to expand its Shannon to Philadelphia service in 2018.
Welcoming the increased capacity, Andrew Murphy, Managing Director Shannon Airport said: “The airline’s decision is significant and shows that the service is popular with passengers both sides of the Atlantic. We are delighted with the increase which will add an additional 50 return flights and 7,000 passengers. It is a service that continues to grow, with a 60% increase in capacity already added since 2013.
In other news, Shannon Airport today released a fun video highlighting its status as official airport partner to Munster Rugby
About the new flights:
Air Canada will operate with a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, flights will depart Shannon at 10.30am arriving at Toronto Pearson International Airport at 12.45pm. Return flights will depart Toronto at 10.00pm arriving in Shannon at 09.30am.
The Ryanair to Barcelona flights will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays, departing Shannon at 10:50 arriving at 14:20. The return flight will leave Barcelona-Reus at 14:50, arriving in Shannon at 16:20 (times subject to change).