Shannon Airport’s year has taken-off emphatically with the 16 service enhancements, including nine new Ryanair routes, for the summer season resulting in a 15 per cent increase in the first half of the year in terminal passenger numbers.
The bulk of the increase has been driven by the nine new services - Munich, Paris, Faro, Warsaw, Krakow, Nice, Poitiers, Berlin, Fuerteventura - launched by Ryanair in April.
Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has welcomed this growth for the local airport.
“I am really happy with the passenger numbers so far this year. I have worked closely with the airport over the last couple of years. They have worked hard with their airline partners to secure the new services and there has been a really positive response from the public.
“They have made huge strides this year in meeting the demand for services to and from Shannon with the nine new routes for the summer. The upcoming winter season will also see five additional services that Ryanair have announced.
“This is a positive upturn for all the surrounding area,” he said.