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FREE Santa flights oversubscribed within 3 hours

11 December 2013

Still opportunity for tickets to be won through draw to see Santa in the skies!

Wednesday, 11 December 2013: There is no doubting who the star of the Christmas show still is as Shannon Airport and Ryanair have today confirmed that they were massively oversubscribed within hours of the 4,500 FREE seats being made available yesterday for flights to meet Santa Claus this weekend and next.   Email and phone-lines  for bookings opened at 3 p.m. yesterday and within just three hours, over 15,000 applications for seats were submitted.

However, there is still an opportunity for those who applied and are still applying to be on one of the magical flights, which will see Santa hop on board at 15,000ft to meet the excited children, as a number of seats have been reserved for a draw for those who have been unsuccessful so far.

Shannon Airport CEO Neil Pakey said that while they expected strong interest in the give-away, the number of applications submitted was beyond anything they could have imagined.   “We are still counting but we believe we had applications for up to 15,000 seats within three hours of the emails and phone-lines opening.  That’s an incredible amount of applications in such a short time frame and it shows the magic of Christmas and, indeed, of flying.  This will put a smile on many, many young faces, including special needs children for whom we have a number of seats designated.  “We are closing our phone-lines as they were jammed within minutes of the offer going live but we are keeping our email system open, however, for those who still want to be in the hat for our draw.”

The initiative is to mark both the recent agreement between Ryanair and the airport for a new deal that will see the airline commence eight new routes  –Berlin, Paris, Fuerteventura, Warsaw, Faro, Munich, Nice and Krakow – from the end of next March as well as to celebrate the end of the airport’s first year as an independent entity.   The free flights will operate on Saturdays and Sundays over this and the following weekend from Shannon Airport six times daily for short flights  but which will be long enough for Santa to jump on board from his sleigh and spread the festive cheer among the excited young passengers.

Anyone still interested submitting names for the draw for the remaining seats can do so by filling out the booking form here website and emailing it to santa@shannonairport. 

For children aged between 0-10 there must be a minimum of one adult accompanying every three children.  Standard Ryanair conditions apply.  All terms and conditions are available on

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