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Published on April 9th, 2015 | by Jim Lee

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Shannon’s summer schedule gets off to a good start

The clocks going forward on 29th March marked the official start of Summer time but it also marked the start of Shannon’s 2015 summer schedule which extends at this time of year to include scheduled flights to Alicante, Chicago, Faro, Malaga, Munich, New York, Nice, Palma, Philadelphia, Poitiers, Tenerife & Zurich. These are in addition to year round routes which continue and service Berlin, Boston, Fuerteventura, Kaunas, Krakow, Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Manchester, Newark, Paris, Warsaw and Wroclaw. A large number of destinations are also served by chartered flights by operators such as Concorde Travel, Croatia.ie, Falcon Holidays, Joe Walsh Tours, Sunway and Travel Choice.

Airlines involved in the summer schedule are Aer Lingus, Aer Lingus Regional/ Stobart Air, American Airlines, Delta, Helvetic Airways, Ryanair and United Airlines with some additions to be used for some of the Charter operations. 

Shannon Airport interiorThe latest schedule addition is a six times a week Aer Lingus Regional service to Birmingham, operated by Stobart Air, using ATR72 aircraft, from 15th June. The EI3638/9 operates daily except Saturdays, departing Birmingham at 16:55 arriving Shannon at 18:35. It departs again at 19:00 arriving Birmingham at 20:35. The route is expected to provide an additional 45,000 seats this summer. On the charter front Sunway Holidays will put on a Saturday service to Izmir from 23rd May to 19th September, which is expected to carry up to 6,000 additional passengers from Shannon.

The new summer schedule is expected to boost traffic at Shannon, which grew its passenger numbers by 17% in 2014, and is looking for further increases this year. 2014 saw passenger numbers increasing from 1,400,032 to 1,639,315. The growth was achieved on the back of ten new destinations and 16 service enhancements overall in 2014. The biggest growth market was in European services, where nine new destinations delivered a 70% increase (from 251,813 to 427,887). While these included a number of popular sun destinations which return for 2015, growth on European services also drew high numbers of inbound visitors, thanks to the return of links to Germany (Munich and Berlin) as well new French (Paris and Poitiers) services – markets with traditionally a strong demand.

There was also strong growth (10%) across the airport’s five US services (Boston, Chicago, Newark, JFK New York and Philadelphia); building on the increase achieved in the second half of 2013 when the airport enjoyed a 22% uplift in transatlantic passengers. Shannon’s largest overall market, the UK, continued to recover, achieving a 5% increase in 2014. The year finished on another monthly high in December with a 7% increase on passenger numbers compared with December 2013. This included a 165% increase on European services. The trend so far this year is good with 167,768 passengers in the first two months of the year, 87,267 in January and 80,501 in February both significantly better than the 67,967 carried in each of the same months in 2015.

Turkish Airlines Cargo A330-243F, TC-JCI (Trevor Mulkerrins)

Captain Kevin Byrne THY CargoIn another important development for the airport on 5th March Turkish Airlines commenced a twice-weekly freighter service routing Istanbul-Shannon-Chicago. The service is scheduled to be operated by Airbus A330-243(F)s, and TC-JCI, one of the six in the fleet, operated the inaugural service. The aircraft was welcomed to the airport by air traffic controllers with a “Céad Míle Fáilte” to which the captain, Kevin Byrne replied “Go Raibh Maith Agat”. The new service will enjoy round the clock services at Shannon. Turkish Airlines opened its new Cargo Terminal on 1st January. The 71.000 m² facility with closed warehouse area of 43.000 m² vastly improves the handling and transfer of cargo. Turkish Cargo provides the most efficient connections to the leading production and commercial centres across the globe with a network of more than 260 destinations in 108 countries.

Shannon Airport is set to enhance its passenger experience further with a collection of memorabilia for the public to view while waiting for flights to depart. Located in the transit lounge, near the Sheridan Food Bar, the collection is one of the initiatives to mark the 70th anniversary later this year of the first commercial flight to land at Shannon. It will be the first step towards developing a wider celebration of Ireland’s most historic airport.

Among the items in the collection, which is already underway and open for viewing, will be various guest visitors’ books signed by global leaders and other VIPs that flew in and out of Shannon over the decades. It will also include an array of model aircraft, including those from the early days of commercial aviation when Shannon was the first European gateway to the US.

The collection will also include photographs and video footage taken of some of the world’s most famous people over the last century as they flew in and out of Shannon, among them stars of silver screen including Gene Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Bob Hope and some of the world’s best known political and religious leaders. The items will be drawn from the airport’s own archive collection, while members of the public, including former staff and their families who may also have suitable items for inclusion in the gallery, are being invited to donate/loan them to the gallery.

Anyone with items – such as photographs, autographs, collectors’ souvenirs purchased at the airport, posters, etc. – they wish to have housed in the collection can contact: Dorothy Quinn, Terminal Operations, Shannon Airport. Tel. 061 712218 or email: dorothy.quinn@shannonairport.ie.

To help passengers to finalise their holiday plans (or just for the spotters), Shannon Airport has put together a handy ‘flight by day’ schedule.

Summer 2015 Direct Flights by day

The table below lists the range of direct flights available to and from Shannon for summer 2015 by day. You can also download Shannon’s summer 2015 Timetable here.

Day

Destination

Dates of Operation

Airline/ Tour Operator

Monday

Berlin

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Monday

Boston

29 Mar-24 Oct

Aer Lingus

Monday

Birmingham

18 Jun-24 Oct

Aer Lingus Regional

Monday

Chicago

22 May-14 Sep

United Airlines

Monday

Kaunas

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Monday

Krakow

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Monday

Lanzarote

25 May-12 Oct

Falcon Holidays

Monday

London Gatwick

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Monday

London Heathrow

29 Mar-24 Oct

Aer Lingus

Monday

London Stansted

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Monday

Malaga

30 Mar-23 Oct

Ryanair

Monday

Manchester

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Monday

New York (JFK)

15 Mar-24 Oct

Aer Lingus

Monday

New York (JFK)

2 May-30 Sep

Delta

Monday

New York (Newark)

29 Mar-24 Oct

United Airlines

Monday

Philadelphia

08 May-01 Oct

American Airlines

Monday

Wroclaw

30 Mar-23 Oct

Ryanair

 

Tuesday

Boston

29 Mar-24 Oct

Aer Lingus

Tuesday

Birmingham

18 Jun-24 Oct

Aer Lingus Regional

Tuesday

Chicago

22 May-14 Sep

United Airlines

Tuesday

London Gatwick

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Tuesday

London Heathrow

29 Mar-24 Oct

Aer Lingus

Tuesday

London Stansted

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Tuesday

Malaga

02 Jun-28 Jul

Ryanair

Tuesday

Manchester

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Tuesday

Munich

29 Mar-23 Oct

Ryanair

Tuesday

New York (JFK)

15 Mar-24 Oct

Aer Lingus

Tuesday

New York (JFK)

02 May-30 Sep

Delta

Tuesday

New York (Newark)

29 Mar-24 Oct

United Airlines

Tuesday

Paris (BVA)

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Tuesday

Philadelphia

08 May-01 Oct

American Airlines

 

Wednesday

Alicante

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Wednesday

Boston

29 Mar-24 Oct

Aer Lingus

Wednesday

Birmingham

18 Jun-24 Oct

Aer Lingus Regional

Wednesday

Chicago

22 May-14 Sep

United Airlines

Wednesday

Dubrovnik

20 May. 9 & 16 Sep

Croatia.ie

Wednesday

Dubrovnik

17 & 24 Jun, 19 Aug

Concorde Travel

Wednesday

Faro

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Wednesday

Faro

15 May-14 Oct

Aer Lingus

Wednesday

Lanzarote

03 Jun-29 Jul

Ryanair

Wednesday

London Gatwick

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Wednesday

London Heathrow

29 Mar-24 Oct

Aer Lingus

Wednesday

London Stansted

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Wednesday

Malaga

17 May-21 Oct

Aer Lingus

Wednesday

Manchester

29 Mar-23 Oct

Ryanair

Wednesday

Medjugorje

17 & 24 Jun, 19 Aug

Joe Walsh Tours

Wednesday

New York (JFK)

15 Mar-24 Oct

Aer Lingus

Wednesday

New York (JFK)

02 May-30 Sep

Delta

Wednesday

Newark

29 Mar-24 Oct

United Airlines

Wednesday

Nice

29 Mar-21 Oct

Ryanair

Wednesday

Palma

29 Mar-21 Oct

Ryanair

Wednesday

Paris (BVA)

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Wednesday

Philadelphia

08 May-01 Oct

American Airlines

Wednesday

Poitiers

29 Mar-21 Oct

Ryanair

Wednesday

Warsaw

29 Mar-21 Oct

Ryanair

 

Thursday

Boston

29 Mar-24 Oct

Aer Lingus

Thursday

Chicago

22 May-14 Sep

United Airlines

Thursday

Birmingham

18 Jun-24 Oct

Aer Lingus Regional

Thursday

Fuerteventura

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Thursday

London Gatwick

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Thursday

London Heathrow

29 Mar-24 Oct

Aer Lingus

Thursday

London Stansted

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Thursday

Lyon

28 May-10 Sep

Travel Choice

Thursday

Malaga

30 Mar-23 Oct

Aer Lingus

Thursday

Manchester

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Thursday

Marseille

28 May-13 Aug

Travel Choice

Thursday

Nantes

28 May-10 Sep

Travel Choice

Thursday

New York (JFK)

15 Mar-24 Oct

Aer Lingus

Thursday

New York (JFK)

02 May-30 Sep

Delta

Thursday

Newark

29 Mar-24 Oct

United Airlines

Thursday

Paris (BVA)

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Thursday

Paris (CDG)

28 May-10 Sep

Travel Choice

Thursday

Philadelphia

08 May-01 Oct

American Airlines

Thursday

Reus (Costa Dorada)

23 May-19 Sep

Falcon Holidays

Thursday

Tenerife

02 Apr-22 Oct

Ryanair

 

Friday

Berlin

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Friday

Boston

29 Mar-24 Oct

Aer Lingus

Friday

Birmingham

18 Jun-24 Oct

Aer Lingus Regional

Friday

Chicago

22 May-14 Sep

United Airlines

Friday

Faro

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Friday

Faro

15 May-14 Oct

Aer Lingus

Friday

Krakow

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Friday

London Gatwick

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Friday

London Heathrow

29 Mar-24 Oct

Aer Lingus

Friday

London Stansted

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Friday

Malaga

30 Mar-23 Oct

Aer Lingus

Friday

Manchester

29 Mar-23 Oct

Ryanair

Friday

New York (JFK)

15 Mar-24 Oct

Aer Lingus

Friday

New York (JFK)

02 May-30 Sep

Delta

Friday

New York (Newark)

29 Mar-24 Oct

United Airlines

Friday

Palma

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Friday

Philadelphia

08 May-01 Oct

American Airlines

Friday

Wroclaw

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

 

Saturday

Alicante

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Saturday

Boston

29 Mar-24 Oct

Aer Lingus

Saturday

Chicago

22 May-14 Sep

United Airlines

Saturday

Izmir

23 May-19 Sep

Sunway

Saturday

London Gatwick

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Saturday

London Heathrow

29 Mar-24 Oct

Aer Lingus

Saturday

London Stansted

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Saturday

Manchester

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Saturday

Munich

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Saturday

New York (JFK)

15 Mar-29 Mar

Aer Lingus

Saturday

New York (JFK)

02 May-30 Sep

Delta

Saturday

New York (Newark)

29 Mar-24 Oct

United Airlines

Saturday

Palma

02 May-30 Sep

Falcon Holidays

Saturday

Paris (BVA)

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Saturday

Philadelphia

08 May-01 Oct

American Airlines

Saturday

Zurich

16 May-22Aug

Helvetic Airways

 

Sunday

Alicante

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Sunday

Boston

29 Mar-24 Oct

Aer Lingus

Sunday

Birmingham

18 Jun-24 Oct

Aer Lingus Regional

Sunday

Chicago

22 May-14 Sep

United Airlines

Sunday

Faro

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Sunday

Faro

15 May-14 Oct

Aer Lingus

Sunday

Lanzarote

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Sunday

London Gatwick

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Sunday

London Heathrow

29 Mar-24 Oct

Aer Lingus

Sunday

London Stansted

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Sunday

Manchester

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Sunday

Malaga

17 May-21 Oct

Aer Lingus

Sunday

New York (JFK)

15 Mar-24 Oct

Aer Lingus

Sunday

New York (JFK)

02 May-30 Sep

Delta

Sunday

New York (Newark)

29 Mar-24 Oct

United Airlines

Sunday

Nice

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Sunday

Palma

29 Mar-24 Oct

Ryanair

Sunday

Philadelphia

08 May-01 Oct

American Airlines

Sunday

Poitiers

29 Mar-21 Oct

Ryanair

Sunday

Warsaw

29 Mar-21 Oct

Ryanair  

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About the Author

Jim has had a life-long interest in military matters and aviation. Initially, he fused both of these interests together with a passion for military aviation, initially as a photographer. He has travelled extensively over the years and has been the guest of many European air forces, plus the air forces of the United States, Russia and others throughout the world. His first introduction to journalism coincided with an interest in the civil aviation industry was when he initially wrote for and later edited, ‘Aviation Ireland’, the club magazine of the Aviation Society of Ireland. Jim was a contributor to Flying in Ireland since its inception over 10 years ago and is now a key contributor to this site. He has also contributed items for a number of other aviation magazines and has produced a number of detailed contributions to Government policy documents, most recently the Irish Government’s White Paper on Defence. He is also deeply involved in the local community and voluntary sector and has worked both in local government and central government.



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