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Shannon sees 26% growth in November

SHANNON has recorded another month of growth after terminal passenger results for November showed a 26% increase on November 2013, up from 77,002 to 97,292. In keeping with trends from the summer season onwards, the biggest increase was in European traffic, with November passenger numbers growing from 7,121 last year to 20,883 this year, up by almost 200%. A range of new services secured for the winter schedule, including Berlin, Fuerteventura, Krakow, Paris and Warsaw, were responsible for much of this growth. Transatlantic passenger figures also reflected the strenghened services, with a daily Boston and six times weekly JFK New York service. Transatlantic passenger numbers showed a 15% increase on November 2013 with 2,583 additional passengers. Britain is the airport’s biggest market, and there was a 7% increase there, resulting in 3,460 more passengers. Welcoming another month of growth, Shannon CEO Neil Pakey said, “The addition of the new services on our winter schedule is reaping a strong return. We …

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Shannon Airport traffic on the up

Shannon Airport’s strong momentum across 2014 has continued into the final month of the autumn, with passenger numbers for October showing a 28% increase on the same period twelve months ago. The biggest gains in passengers through the terminal were again on European services, which were up by 63% on the same period 12 months ago thanks to a range of nine attractive new routes that were launched for the summer season (April through to end of October). Eight of those were on the European market, which resulted in a 111% increase (from 20,347 to 42,950) in passengers to and from the continent last month compared to October 2013. Transatlantic passengers were up by 15% (from 23,511 to 27,108) thanks to the increased frequency across New York and Boston services this year, with Shannon’s biggest market, the UK, up by 6% (from 61,681 to 65,243). Welcoming the growth, Airport CEO Neil Pakey said, “It’s been a really great summer season …

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Ryanair strengthens its Shannon winter schedule

Ryanair  it is to strengthen its winter schedule from Shannon Airport with the addition of further capacity from the end of October. The airline announced  that it is to add a daily Manchester service, replacing a three times weekly Liverpool service, and a weekly Kaunas (Lithuania) flight, as well as extra flights on Stansted, to its winter schedule, starting the end of October. This will bring the total number of Ryanair services from Shannon to 11 this winter – six more than the 2013/2014 winter season. The new routes operated by Ryanair from Shannon this winter are Paris, Berlin, Fuerteventura, Warsaw, Krakow, Manchester and Kaunas.  These are in addition to their existing services to be Gatwick, Lanzarote, Stansted and Wroclaw. Speaking at the King John’s Castle visitor attraction this Thursday where the announcement was made, Shannon Airport CEO Neil Pakey said, “We welcome this further commitment by Ryanair to our upcoming winter schedule, which includes an excellent mix of inbound …

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Almost 30% increase in June passenger traffic at Shannon

AER Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, experienced its best month on record in June since the franchise began in March 2010. The airline carried 130,098 passengers last month, a 37% increase on the same period in 2013 (95,000). Furthermore, June 2014 marked a full year of consecutive growth for the airline and the third consecutive month of growth in excess of 30%. Passenger numbers at Shannon Airport were up 29% in June while overall, across the entire network, traffic was up by 26% for the first half of 2014 when compared to the first half of 2013. Aer Lingus Regional’s services to Bristol from Shannon, Dublin and Cork experienced record growth in June, due mainly to the Glastonbury Festival. The Aer Lingus Regional Bristol services experienced passenger growth of 66% in June, compared with the same period last year. Commenting on the month’s successes, Simon Fagan, Chief Commercial Officer, Stobart Air, said: “June 2014 was a monumental month for …

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Shannon CEO Pakey sees many positives

 By Owen Ryan SHANNON has had a turbulent relationship with Ryanair for nearly ten years but things are going relatively well at the moment, with the airline kicking off several new routes this week. Shannon CEO Neil Pakey acknowledged that when he arrived last year, it wasn’t so positive. “I think it’s fair to say that when I joined the relationship between Ryanair and the airport wasn’t where it should be or could be. It was about rebuilding it in order to deliver some passenger growth. We worked with the industry and we had success when the Minister for Finance suspended the travel tax. In the meantime we’ve been talking to the airlines about what we could do at Shannon if we all work together.” Even before Ryanair began slashing its Shannon services five years ago there were people saying that the airport was overly reliant on the low cost carrier, an outfit which was hardly going to wait around …

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New Shannon flights need support

GETTING new routes into Shannon is a welcome development but is but one part of the equation, according to Shannon Chamber’s chief executive. Helen Downes. Ms Downes was addressing a Chamber-hosted business breakfast at Dromoland Castle Hotel this Wednesday,  at which Ryanair’s chief operating officer and deputy chief executive, Michael Cawley, was the keynote speaker. “In operating nine  new routes at Shannon from April, Ryanair is providing a pipeline of seats which need to be filled; it’s now up to the tourism and business sectors, and the general public, to take responsibility for filling those seats, and showing their commitment to Shannon,” Ms Downes said. The breakfast briefing, hosted by Shannon Chamber and sponsored by Shannon Airport and Shannon Heritage was attended by Chamber members and their business associates.  

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