Thursday, 15 November 2012

Delta Airlines confirms Shannon-New York JFK route for summer 2013 ©

Delta Airlines has confirmed its re-launching its seasonal Shannon-New York JFK route from 11th May 2013 operating daily using a Boeing 757-200 with a 170 seats operating from Terminal Four in New York JFK in association with Delta Airlines Transatlantic Joint-venture partner Air France-KLM.

The additional of the route adds 2,300 seats per week to the United States from Shannon, and follows recent announcements by United Airlines and US Airways. The airline has carried over 1.6 million passengers in the twenty six years serving Shannon Airport.

Delta Airlines Senior VP for Europe, Middle East and Africa Perry Cantarutti said “Shannon has long been a favorite destination for US holidaymakers and it makes sense to operate our service when customers most want to visit – during the summer months. Operating routes on a seasonal basis is a proactive and successful measure we have taken to protect our revenues by matching capacity to demand. We look forward to flying thousands of US tourists to the west coast of Ireland next summer, boosting the local economy.”

Shannon Airport Senior Manager-Aviation Business Development Declan Power said  “Following a very successful operation through Shannon this year we are very happy that Delta Air Lines will continue to serve Shannon during 2013. The support that the airline receives here in the Irish market as well delivering business and tourism visitors from the USA to the West of Ireland has ensured that the route has remained viable and profitable for the airline. Delta is the longest serving US carrier at Shannon and we will continue to work with the airline with a view to expanding its operations further over the coming years.”

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US Airways welcomes back Shannon-Philadelphia route ©

US Airways announced after an absence of four years its resuming the seasonal Shannon-Philadelphia route operating daily with a two class Boeing 757-200 from 22nd May to 3rd September, generating an additional 30,000 passengers through the airport, passengers will clear US CBP at Shannon enabling speedy access on arrival in the US for all passengers and those making connecting flights in US Airways Philadelphia hub.

In the seven years from 2003 to 2009 US Airways carried over 320,000 passengers through Shannon Airport on the Philadelphia route.

Shannon Airport Director Mary Considine said "is is a great boost for Shannon as it adds another new transatlantic service for 2013.  We are really pleased also to be welcoming US Airways back to Shannon and look forward to helping them build a strong base of business and leisure travellers to and from Philadelphia, as well as cities that they serve beyond the gateway".

US Airways Senior Vice President Marketing and Planning Andrew Nocella said "As a popular destination in Europe, US Airways is thrilled to return to Shannon with seasonal service from our international gateway at Philadelphia International Airport. Beginning next spring, our customers will again have non-stop access to both coasts of Ireland. Customers can begin their trip with the Cliffs of Moher outside of Shannon and end it with seeing all that Ireland has to offer".


AWE/US776 Departs Philadelphia 2105 arrives Shannon Airport 0840
AWE/US777 Departs Shannon Airport 1135 arrives Philadelphia 1405

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Ryanair Announces German Expansion ©

Ryanair announced significant expansion of its German route network launching a string of new routes from Cologne, Leipzig and Nuremberg, weeks after adding Dortmund its network as the carrier continues to strategically launch new routes, created by on-going airline consolidation create new opportunities.

The airline announced expansion of its Cologne route network, launching two new routes to  Faro and Malaga commencing 24th March 2013 operating four times weekly carrying 340,000 passengers per annum, adding to existing routes to Girona and Palma. In summer 2013 Ryanair will operate a total of 24 weekly flights.

At Leipzig/Halle its launching two new routes to Faro and Pisa Florence commencing in April 2013 delivering 200,000 passengers per annum.

Nuremberg becomes the latest airport to be added to its network with six new routes to commence in March 2013 to Alicante, Cagliari, London Stansted, Malaga, Pisa Florence and Porto operating 20 weekly flights which could deliver 280,000 passengers per annum.

Nuremberg Airport CEO, Karl-Heinz Kruger said  “We are delighted to be extending our existing portfolio of scheduled flights and attractive tourist destinations with this new addition of Ryanair flights.”

Ryanair Deputy CEO Michael Cawley said "Ryanair is delighted to announce 6 new Nuremberg routes to/from Alicante, Cagliari, London, Malaga, Pisa and Porto beginning in March 2013. Ryanair’s 280,000 passengers p.a. will sustain up to 280 “on-site” jobs at Nuremberg Airport".

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