Published on September 12th, 2022 | by Alan Dwyer0
‘Bonjour’ to the New Shannon Service
Shannon Airport welcomed a new airline today operating a new direct service to Paris-Orly with the first arrival of a Vueling Airbus A321. The new route landed five minutes early at 14.15 with a scheduled departure time of 15.05. The 90-minute flight will operate on Mondays and Fridays. There was an air of excitement at the departures gate for passengers bound for Orly Airport, as the first flight to Paris took off for the city of lights. Shannon’s new carrier Vueling is part of the IAG group that owns Aer Lingus. Orly Airport is the nearest airport to the centre of Paris, just 13km from the city. It is the second largest airport in France and provides onward connections to major European cities and Middle Eastern countries. The first passengers to jet off from Shannon to Paris were treated to a taste of France at the blue, white and red dressed gate area before they boarded. Freshly made crêpes by a French chef were served in celebration of the new service, along with a Parisian themed cake.
Commenting on the new service, the Minister of State for Transport, Hildegarde Naughton TD said, “I am delighted to be here today at Shannon Airport for Vueling’s inaugural flight from Shannon. A connection to Paris Orly not only provides significant opportunities for the people within this region but also for inbound traffic from Paris – further boosting tourism connections between the Mid-West of Ireland and Paris.”
And the CEO of the Shannon Group, Mary Considine said, “This is an exciting day for our passengers heading to the beautiful city of Paris and a great day for our team who work hard to grow connectivity options for our passengers from Shannon. We would like to warmly welcome our new scheduled partner Vueling, to Shannon, and look forward to working with them. Paris is a wonderful city break destination for outbound holidaymakers and opens the way for French tourists to explore the Wild Atlantic Way via Shannon Airport.”
Also commenting was the Sales Director of Vueling, Charlotte Dumesnil who said, “ We are delighted to expand our Irish operations with our first route from Shannon to Paris Orly, building on our existing Irish connections whilst also offering inbound passengers ease of access to the West Coast of Ireland. This new direct route reinforces Vueling’s interest in providing a more flexible and varied proposition for travellers based in Ireland.”