Shannon Airport has described the announcement by United Airlines of not just the return of its Shannon-Chicago service next year but the almost doubling of capacity as another significant vote of confidence in the quality and unique tourism product across the region.
The announcement comes as Shannon Airport reveals that it has achieved a fourth consecutive month of passenger growth with a 7% growth in month-over-month figures for September. Total passenger numbers in September were 276,289, with transatlantic services enjoying a 21% on September last year and European services showing a 4% increase.
This continued good news for the airport follows the global recognition it received from airlines last week when it was one of the winners at the World Routes Awards in Las Vegas, as voted for by the airlines themselves.
The announcement by United Airlines will see capacity on the Shannon-Chicago service next year increase by 88% as it puts on an additional 90 flights (15,000 seats). The service begins on Thursday, May 22nd next year and runs until Sunday, September 14th – a five week extension on this year’s schedule. In addition to the extension, the service will also increase from five weekly flights this year to daily flights in 2014 June 16th to August 17th.