Published on January 23rd, 2023 | by Alan Dwyer0
Shannon Airport Welcomes Over 1.5 Million Passengers in 2022
Shannon Airport welcomed over 1.51 million passengers to airport in 2022, a 300% increase on 2021 figures, and an 88% recovery of 2019 passenger levels. European services recovered strongly in 2022 with over 532,000 passengers traveling through Shannon. This surpassed 2019 pre-pandemic levels by 7% and was a 225% increase on 2021. Shannon recorded over 638,000 passengers on its UK services in 2022. After an absence of almost two years, transatlantic services returned in March 2022 and saw a strong rebound of almost 240,000 passengers on services to New York (JFK), Boston, and Newark. A further boost is expected from May ’23 when a new daily nonstop seasonal service to Chicago commences with United Airlines. In 2022, the Shannon Airport Group invested over €21 million across the Shannon Campus to provide property solutions for its business customers. During the year, the sod was turned on two new developments on the campus, an €8 million multi-use industrial space spanning over 60,000 sq ft, and a €6 million R&D Technology Facility spanning over 40,000 sq ft.
Commenting on the strong performance in 2022, the CEO of the Shannon Group, Mary Considine said, “The accelerated pace of the rebound in air travel from Shannon has exceeded our expectations and shows the pent-up desire for international travel following the lifting of pandemic travel restrictions. The airport was included in the Regional Airports Programme for the first time during the Pandemic and allowed us to undertake critical safety and security projects. We are grateful to Government for including us in this programme. The work we did with these funds shows just how important it is for Shannon to remain in the programme as we rebuild in the aftermath of Covid. The introduction of our new, faster, airport security screening facility, continued to have a positive impact in 2022. The new system eliminates the 100ml only rule, halving the time spent going through security screening. We have seen an increase in people from all over the country using Shannon Airport, as they now realise how easy it is.
And looking forward to bright prospects in the year ahead, Ms. Considine went on to say, ”Prospects at Shannon look bright for 2023, and this year we will operate 35 routes. Last year we secured four new services to Barcelona/Girona, Marseille, Malta, and a service to Paris with a new airline partner, Vueling. We are delighted to be giving our customers more destinations to choose from, in fact, we will have more routes this year than we did in 2019, with six brand new destinations. These six new services are to Naples, Beziers, Newcastle, Porto, and Liverpool, while our transatlantic services will be enhanced with the addition of Chicago. These new services, combined with initiatives like Ryanair’s €10 million investment in their maintenance facility at Shannon, and the delivery of our property investment strategy across the Shannon Campus, have cemented the upward trajectory of our recovery.”