Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Transatlantic passenger numbers up 39% in July at Shannon Airport

Delta Boeing 757-200ER at Shannon Airport 
Shannon Airport announced it handled 177,558 passengers in July up by 9.4% it's second successive month of growth and just six months after setting out as an independent entity.

Like June, the growth was most telling in the transatlantic market, with overall passenger throughput arising from the airport’s five US and one Canadian (Toronto) services increasing from 38,781 in July 2012 to 54,014 last month, a 39% increase.

Shannon Airport CEO Neil Pakey said "We are delighted to have achieved a second successive month of growth at Shannon. The figures very much reflect the enhanced level of services delivered at Shannon this year, not least on US destinations thanks to new routes to Philadelphia and Chicago, on top of already having Newark, JFK and Boston services.

This has been very positive for the tourism market here, from Cork right up to the North West as Shannon is the only airport on the entire western seaboard with transatlantic services."

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Dublin Airport traffic up 7% to 2 million passengers in July

A Busy Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport 
Dublin Airport handled more than 2 million passengers in July a 7% increase on the same period last year, according to the Dublin Airport Authority.

The airport authority recorded a positive trend in all market segments Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe rose by 6% with more than 1.2 million passengers travelling to and from European destinations during July.

Domestic traffic on routes to the City of Derry and Kerry Airport increased by  14% with almost 7,000 passengers.

Passenger numbers  to and from the Middle East, increased by 19% with more than 54,000 passengers travelling these routes in July, following Etihad Airways introducing the Boeing 777-300ER on the Abu Dhabi route on 1st July.

Transatlantic traffic to North America increased by 16% with more than 221,000 passengers travelling on this route sector.

UK traffic increased by 5%, with more than 653,000 passengers travelling to and from Britain last month.

In the first seven months of the year more than 11.5 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport, a 5% increase when compared to the same period last year.


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Ryanair goes year-round from Shannon to Liverpool

Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair has announced it's Shannon to Liverpool service is to become a year-round service having restored the route initially in March for the summer season only.

The service operating three times weekly on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays will amount to an additional 12,500 seats over the 2013/14 winter season.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport Head of PR Robin Tudor said "Shannon serves some of the most picturesque parts of Ireland and so for passengers from this part of the North West England to be able to enjoy the area’s unique Irish experience and hospitality year round, is great news for us.

 We also agree with Shannon Airport management that this route should be equally popular with visitors from the west of Ireland to Liverpool too. There is so much to see and do in and around Liverpool that caters for all tastes and we look forward to welcoming more visitors flying in from Shannon year round."

Shannon Airport CEO Neil Pakey said "Ryanair’s decision to extend the service for the winter schedule is an excellent opportunity to boost tourist numbers for the quieter time of the year into this region from Liverpool and vice versa.

Liverpool has the strongest Irish heritage of any English city, even ahead of London, and this, in addition to the outstanding tourism package that we have on the western half of the country, is a real plus for attracting people in for short breaks over the winter.

It’s a two way street as Liverpool is a great city to visit also.  It is, of course, synonymous with football, with Liverpool and Everton both having huge Irish fan bases and a great tradition of Irish players in their squads."

Ryanair operate 10 routes from Shannon Airport for Summer 2013 with one based Boeing 737-800 to Alicante, Lanzarote, Liverpool,London Gatwick London Stansted, Malaga, Nates, Palma, Tenerife South, Wroclaw and for winter 2013/4 will operate five routes.


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Aer Lingus long-haul pax numbers up 17.2% in July

Aer Lingus Long-Haul Traffic up 17% 
Aer Lingus announced it carried 1.141 million passengers in July up 2.9% versus July 2012.

The airline's Atlantic operation carried 116,000 passengers up 17.2% with a load factor of 91.4% up 1.5 points with RPK's up 17.8% on an 15.9% increase in ASM. It noted Q3 long haul are looking particularly positive.

On short-haul it carried 909, 000 passengers up 0.4% with a load factor of 85.9% up 0.9 points with RPK's down 1.7% on an 2.6% reduction in ASM's.

Aer Lingus Regional operated by Aer Arann carried 116,000 passengers up 10.5% and year to date has carried 609,000 passengers.

Compared to the Association of European Airlines (mainly so-called legacy carriers) as whole, the Aer Lingus passenger load factor was higher on both short-haul routes (85.9% v 81.1) and North Atlantic routes (91.4% v. 89.9%).

The airline admitted it's his booking profile has somewhat eroded over July due to the Heatwave.

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