Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Shannon Airport launches its summer 2013 schedule

Courtesy Google 
The summer officially began for the newly independent Shannon Airport over the May bank holiday weekend with five new services across US, UK and Europe and 33-destinations in-all this year from Shannon, the airport is targeting the transatlantic market for significant growth as it secures five US services for the first time in five years.

In all, 33 separate destinations will be served this summer from Shannon. Among these are five new services - two in the US (Chicago and Philadelphia), two in mainland Europe (Alicante and Faro) and one in the UK (Glasgow).

A total of 19 European routes will operate in the summer with passenger numbers on European services are this year expected to increase by 10% thanks to new services and 8 UK routes will operate.

The transatlantic market is showing the sharpest recovery, with the airport this year offering five US destinations (Boston, Chicago, Newark, JFK New York and Philadelphia) alone – the first time since 2009 that Shannon has had five US destinations.  This increased US network is expected to generate a 22% rise in transatlantic passenger numbers over the summer season.

Shannon Airport Director Mary Considine said "The advances already made, with new routes to very attractive destinations, as well as greater frequencies on other popular services, are a real boost for the airport and, particularly, for passengers at Shannon. Growing the range of services for passengers was one of our key priorities when we set out in January.  The more routes we secure, the more people will opt for Shannon because it is such an accessible, convenient and easy-to-use airport."

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 8th May 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Austrian Airlines launches new weekly Dublin charter flight

Courtesy 'Austrian Airlines’  
Austrian Airlines has launched a new weekly Wednesday charter flight between Dublin and Vienna operating in May and June using Airbus A320 and Fokker F100 equipment AUA9751 arrives Dublin 1005 AUA9752 departs Dublin 1050. This new service has been organised by Austrian tour operator Raiffeisen Reisbüro.

The new service is expected to deliver over 2,500 Austrian visitors, who will spend one week on the island of Ireland (those who arrive on the Dublin flight will spend four nights in Dublin and three nights in Northern Ireland). Working closely with airlines to build demand for routes is a key priority for Tourism Ireland and this new service will provide a welcome boost for tourism from Austria in the shoulder season.

Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said: “The introduction of this new service from Austria is welcome news indeed; it will certainly expand travel options for Austrian holiday and business travellers who wish to visit the island of Ireland. As part of our ongoing co-operation with airlines and airports, Tourism Ireland will undertake advertising and other promotions with Raiffeisen Reisbüro, to maximise the demand for the service to Dublin and Belfast and boost tourism to the island of Ireland.

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 8th May 2013 All Rights Reserved.