Shannon Airport expects to see a 5% rise in passenger numbers across the festive season.
They said around 72,700 passengers will come through the airport from this weekend through to the New Year.
The increase is in line with overall gains across 2018 at Shannon – the best year for Shannon since it was separated from the State airport’s group in 2013.
Independence was preceded by five successive years of heavy losses but since then the airport has recorded year-on-year gains, with 2018 set to have been its busiest year since 2010.
Andrew Murphy, Shannon Airport Managing Director, said: “This will be one of our busiest Christmas periods since Shannon Airport achieved independence on 31st December 2012. Since then we have enjoyed consecutive years of passenger growth.
“Shannon Airport is a magical place at Christmas time with many wonderful, emotional family reunions and there’s probably no better place to experience the real spirit of the season. Our Santa flights on the first weekend in December were a lovely way to get people into the Christmas spirit and raise funds for our chosen staff charities.
“Christmas is a really wonderful time here at Shannon and we look forward to making it easy for our passengers as they visit the airport at this special time. We would like to wish all of our loyal customers a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.”
Matthew Thomas, CEO, Shannon Group said: “We’re on a bit of high, between the buzz of Christmas, our increased passenger numbers, our recent award wins and the fact that things are generally on the up across the region.
"It’s going to be a good Christmas and we look forward to welcoming the 72,000-plus passengers who will be travelling through our airport over the festive season.”
- Digital Desk