New Ryanair routes and additional plane to be based at Shannon

Shannon Group chief executive Mary Considine and Ryanair Commercial Director Jason McGuinness with Ryanair's Adrian Kozickil and Arianna Niccoli at the announcement of the new routes.

SHANNON Airport received another significant boost today as Ryanair announced two new routes and a third based aircraft, which will create an additional 30 jobs at the airport.

The new routes to Béziers in the South of France and Newcastle in the UK will begin operating from Shannon next summer.

The twice weekly Béziers service will run Mondays and Saturdays from March 27 while the Newcastle service will run three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from March 26.

This will see Ryanair operate a total of 24 routes and over 180 weekly flights at Shannon Airport next summer – a 60 per cent increase on 2019 pre-pandemic levels.

It also builds on Shannon’s biggest ever Ryanair winter schedule which currently operates 60 flights per week – 66 per cent more flights than it operated in winter 2019.

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The announcement comes as Shannon marks a 35 year association with Ryanair which has carried over 18 million passengers at the airport.

Shannon Airport Group chief executive Mary Considine said the addition of two new routes and the basing of a third aircraft at Shannon demonstrates Ryanair’s continued commitment and is another vote of confidence in our airport.

“Days like today are always very encouraging not only for the general public, but for those at the coalface of the tourism industry  along the Wild Atlantic Way, who rely on our air services to bring international visitors to their doors.  I would like to thank our aviation development team for the work they have done with Ryanair.

“Today’s announcement will provide further connectivity for Shannon and the region and highlights the considerable strides Shannon has made since the pandemic,” she said.

Ryanair Commercial Director Jason McGuinness said that efficient operations and competitive airport charges provide the foundation from which Ryanair can deliver long-term traffic growth and increased connectivity.

“We have worked directly with our partners in Shannon Airport to agree terms which will deliver growth and investment at the airport, including a new €10 million maintenance facility, and improved services for those that live, work, or wish to visit the Mid West.”

To celebrate the new routes, Ryanair are launching a seat sale with fares available from €24.99 for travel from next April to October, which must be booked by October 8.