Published on September 13th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer0
Aer Lingus Takes Off From Shannon Again
The first Aer Lingus flight from Shannon to London Heathrow took off again today after a break of 18 months. Arrival times from London Heathrow into Shannon are 16:10 on Monday through Friday and Sunday, with arrival time on Saturdays scheduled for 15:45. The first service arrived in Shannon was operated by an Airbus A320, EI-DER, touched down three minutes ahead of schedule and the outbound flight departed on schedule and arrived 17 minutes early into Heathrow.
The service will operate for ten weeks during the closure of Cork Airport for runway upgrade works. The runway upgrade works got underway in Cork following the departure of Citation CS-DXP at 20.05 on Sunday evening. The only aircraft activity will be helicopter operations for the NHV Contract AW-139, Irish Air Corps and the ICAA Air Ambulance.
Shannon Group CEO Mary Considine said it was great to see the service back in what has been and continues to be an extremely difficult period for the aviation sector. She continued, “The connectivity provided by Aer Lingus at Shannon has always been a valuable contributor to the regional economy. The hub status of Heathrow for businesses to connect with the global marketplace is crucial, and the inbound Heathrow service helps drive tourism into the region. We are working closely with Aer Lingus and our other airline partners to build on the service and to resume long-haul services. With the Heathrow service now up and running, and our new Luton service due to begin operation at the end of October, we have services to all four of the largest London airports.”