Published on September 23rd, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer0
United and American Return to Shannon in 2022
In recent days both United Airlines and American Airlines have announced that they will return to Shannon with transatlantic service in 2022. United Airlines has confirmed that it will be offering a nonstop, roundtrip service between Newark Airport and Shannon Airport from 27th March with a seasonal daily service. The transatlantic route, which was first launched in June 1998 by Continental Airlines who were later absorbed into United, was suspended in 2020 due to the pandemic. United later opted not to run the route in 2021.
Commenting on the return of the United Airlines service, Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland, Niall Gibbons said, “Another major story for the mid-West region with United Airlines putting Newark-Shannon seats on sale from March 2022. Direct air capacity is vital for tourism success. Well done Shannon Airport and United Airlines. We have been in constant discussions with United and all our airline partners on the resumption of transatlantic services for 2022. These efforts will intensify as we continue to build back air services and look to restore our connectivity lost to the pandemic.”
American Airlines will also return to Shannon on a seasonal basis from 9th May using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the route to Philadelphia. They previously used the Boeing 757 when Shannon was served prior to the pandemic. The larger Dreamliner aircraft will allow passengers a choice of economy, premium economy and business classes.