Published on November 6th, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer


Aer Lingus announce Shannon to Barcelona and Paris Routes

Shannon Group CEO Mary Considine today welcomed the announcement by Aer Lingus of two new European routes from Shannon to Paris and Barcelona. The new services to Paris will commence on 29th March, while Barcelona will commence on 2nd May and will operate initially for the summer season on a 4 per-week and 3 per-week basis respectively until 31st October. These routes will grow Aer Lingus capacity at Shannon next summer by 20%.

Welcoming the announcement, Ms Considine said that the additional services are a timely boost for Shannon and the region. “As we turn towards the end of the year, three new services have been announced for Shannon, two of them today with Aer Lingus and this is a very important and timely boost for Shannon and the wider region.

“The launch of these two new routes and the investment in two new A321LR aircraft at Shannon is evidence of the strong partnership we have with Aer Lingus. This development is a major advancement in our promise to connect our airport and the West of Ireland to a growing number of global destinations, helping us to make this region a thriving, connected place.”

She continued: “This announcement today, against the backdrop of a very challenging aviation market is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our Airport Route Development team, who have worked very closely with Aer Lingus over the past year to secure these additional services for this region. Together, our Group is excited about working with Aer Lingus and our stakeholders, to ensure these services are a success for the region, recognising the key role they can play in supporting FDI, tourism and our indigenous enterprise sector.”

Reid Moody, Chief Strategy and Planning Officer of Aer Lingus said: “We are delighted to illustrate our continued commitment to the Shannon region today by announcing two exciting new routes from the airport for summer 2020. The addition of both Paris and Barcelona to our schedule brings Aer Lingus’ network in Shannon up to nine routes during summer 2020.

New CEO at Shannon Group

Mary Considine has taken over as Chief Executive of Shannon Group. Ms Considine has been Acting Chief Executive of Shannon Group, parent company of Shannon Airport, its commercial properties and heritage business, since June of this year.

Shannon Group’s board confirmed in October that it has formally appointed Ms Considine to the role for a seven-year term. Ms Considine is an accountant with experience in aviation, finance and commerce. She has been deputy chief executive since 2016 and previously worked in a number of senior posts with Shannon Group. Mary was appointed President of Shannon Chamber in June 2018.  She is also a member of the Governing Authority of Mary Immaculate College.  From Lissycasey, Co Clare, Ms Considine said she was privileged to lead Shannon Group as it entered the next phase of its development.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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