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Shannon’s transatlantic links strengthened again as year-round Aer Lingus service to New York begins

31 March 2014

The launch of a new year round Aer Lingus service from Shannon to New York JFK boosts access to the most popular US city for Irish visitors.

This is the first time since 2009 that Aer Lingus is operating a daily year round transatlantic service from Shannon.  It represents a major enhancement of the airline’s transatlantic services from Shannon this year and is in addition to its daily Boston service, which commenced last month.

The airline today also commenced a twice weekly Malaga service to add to Shannon’s significantly improved European access this summer.

The strengthened New York and Boston services continue the positive transatlantic passenger growth achieved at Shannon in 2013 - the airport’s first year as an independent entity – when it enjoyed a 22% increase in transatlantic passenger numbers in the second half of the year.

Aer Lingus will add 31,000 seats in 2014, a significant increase in capacity over last year when it operated seven flights a week between Shannon and the US compared to 13 flights a week this year.

Launching the service, Minister of State at the Department of Tourism, Transport and Sport Alan Kelly said that it will satisfy a significant demand for services between New York and the west and south of Ireland.   “No one needs reminding of the importance of having services between Shannon Airport and New York and this service will be a huge addition to existing connectivity already in place at Shannon.  New York is the most popular US city for Irish visitors for a variety of reasons, not least the huge numbers of Irish living there and the strengthening of connectivity between it and Shannon is further evidence also that Shannon Airport is on the right trajectory after being made independent last year.”

Said Neil Pakey, CEO Shannon Airport, “As the transatlantic gateway for the Wild Atlantic Way, we are delighted with this improved access to the great city of New York. It was a great feeling this morning to witness the two new Aer Lingus 757 aircraft for  New York and Boston standing side by side at the departure gates.

“There are more people of Irish descent in New York than any other city in the world outside Ireland, with 12.9 percent of its residents claiming Irish ancestry.  That’s a huge tourism market for inbound services.  In addition, there is significant demand for business travel between Shannon and the East Coast of America arising from the huge US multi-national presence here.”

Shannon Airport Chairman Rose Hynes said that the growth of services is timely this year with the launch of the exciting Wild Atlantic Way.  “The Wild Atlantic Way is a hugely exciting initiative.  It is an epic 1500 mile journey that takes in the best of Ireland's west coast. .  It will have huge appeal for the US market and will build on the excellent foundation laid by The Gathering last year. 

“Tourism Ireland is putting in a huge international marketing drive not least in the US, and must be commended for this.  We are delighted to be able to support the Wild Atlantic Way through the addition of these new Aer Lingus services.”

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