Published on August 5th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer0
Ryanair Adds More Routes from Shannon
Ryanair has announced eight new routes from Shannon and will base a second aircraft at the airport as part of its Shannon tourism recovery schedule. This expansion will result in Ryanair operating 16 routes from Shannon this summer (2 new) and 18 routes for winter 2021/22 (6 new) to Corfu, Las Palmas, Birmingham, Budapest, Edinburgh, Fuerteventura, London Luton and Turin. The airline will operate 85 departing flights across the 34 routes and the second based aircraft will support these expanded schedules. The new routes to Corfu and Las Palmas will start during this summer season with a twice-weekly service to Corfu and a weekly service to Las Palmas. Luton will receive four weekly flights when this route opens up this winter. Budapest, Edinburgh and Birmingham will all have a twice-weekly service while Fuerteventura and Turin will be weekly.
In recently released figures, Ryanair carried 9.3 million passengers during July with an 80% load factor on flights across their network. This is a considerable increase from the 5.3 million carried during June.
Commenting on the new routes in an announcement at Shannon Airport on Thursday, Ryanair CEO Eddie Wilson said, “We are delighted to announce our expansion plans for Shannon with the restoration of its 2-aircraft base and 8 new routes to exciting destinations including Corfu, Gran Canaria, Budapest, Fuerteventura and more. As vaccination rollout programmes continue in the coming months, air traffic is set to return to pre-pandemic levels and we are delighted to announce extra flights from Shannon across Europe, connecting a total of 34 destinations. Ryanair has worked closely with Shannon Airport, which has seen the restoration of its 2 aircraft base, traffic, connectivity and jobs which is in stark contrast to Cork and Dublin airports, which continue to lose passengers and jobs at a time when other EU countries, regions and airports are growing and recovering connectivity. We call on Taoiseach Micheál Martin to urgently implement a traffic recovery scheme for Dublin and Cork airports before they lose out to other EU countries that are prioritising the recovery of aircraft capacity, connectivity, tourism and jobs. Ryanair is uniquely placed to deliver this as it takes delivery of 210 aircraft over the next 5 years.”
Also commenting was the CEO of the Shannon Group, Mary Considine who added, “We are delighted with today’s announcement by Ryanair. It is another important step on our road to recovery. Restoring its second based aircraft here at Shannon demonstrates Ryanair’s continued commitment to our airport. The confirmation of 18 routes from Shannon for Winter including exciting new destinations such as Budapest and Turin, is very positive news for the airport and for this region after what has been a very difficult period for the aviation industry.”