Limerick bank holiday travel back on track despite train service disruption 

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Turin is one of the new destinations included in the winter schedule from Shannon Airport which gets under way this weekend.

IT WILL be a case of buses and aeroplanes but no trains this weekend as thousands of Limerick people take advantage of the October Bank Holiday for an extended post-pandemic Halloween break.

Due to a series of track and signalling works, Iarnród Éireann has cancelled direct rail services between Limerick and Dublin Heuston from Saturday to Monday.

Journeys between Limerick and Dublin Heuston, involving a change at Limerick Junction, will have bus transfers between Thurles and Kildare, in both directions.

Customers are advised to check times before travel for alterations at www.irishrail.ie or the Iarnród Éireann app, and book Intercity travel in advance at www.irishrail.ie

Meanwhile, there will be more than witches and broomsticks in the skies over Shannon this weekend, as the airport welcomes 33,000 passengers over the Halloween break.

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This represents a 91 per cent rebound on passenger numbers over the same period in 2019 and comes as the airport’s winter schedule gets under way on Sunday.

This will feature 96 weekly flights, serving 23 destinations in 11 countries, providing passengers with a mix of sun, ski, and city break destinations to choose from.

Holiday goers can now continue their adventures to Malta and Marseille, as Ryanair have decided to extend these two new passenger favourites, from seasonal to year-round.

Shannon’s winter schedule also sees the return of the popular Italian ski destination to Turin.

Shannon Airport Group chief executive Mary Considine said there has been strong pent-up demand for travel this year, as the airport sees its weekly winter departures increase by 20 per cent compared to the winter season of 2019.

“We now provide more choice to our passengers with increased frequencies on some of our popular destinations such as Birmingham, Krakow and Wroclaw services compared to 2019.

“Due to their success, we are also delighted to see Marseille and Malta operating year-round. On top of this, we have our recently launched service to Paris with new carrier Vueling along with daily services to the US, and six daily flights to London.”