The airport, which has committed to rebuilding passenger numbers to 2.5m by 2018, has confirmed that the Shannon to Glasgow link will be reopened from May by Europe’s largest regional airline, Flybe.
The new flights to Glasgow will operate three times weekly from May and are expected to generate over 10,000 additional passengers through Shannon Airport in 2013.
Shannon Airport Authority chairman Rose Hynes stated: “We said that the immediate focus of an independent Shannon would be passenger growth. This is a good start and there will be more to come.”
Shannon’s head of aviation development Declan Power said: “Glasgow is an excellent service, with two-way demand. It is an extremely attractive destination; it has a huge cultural heartbeat and was Europe’s first ever designated City of Culture. There is a very strong Irish tradition there as well, not least built around Glasgow Celtic Football Club.”
Flybe’s director of marketing Simon Lilley said: “We have every confidence that this additional new service will prove successful in offering an attractive and affordable way for travellers to access this growing business and leisure destination that is widely regarded as the West of Ireland’s premier gateway.”
This is the first new service to be announced for Shannon since it received its independence from the DAA on Dec 31.
It was also recently confirmed that Pakistan International Airlines plans to use Shannon as a transit stop three times weekly and has already requested tenders from ground handling agents.
Russia’s second largest airline is also seeking to use Shannon as a stopover on its Moscow to Miami route. However, the arrangement has not yet been finalised.
The new Flybe service brings the total numbers of routes that will be served this summer from Shannon Airport to 32. New services to Chicago, Philadelphia, and Faro were confirmed last year. The routes are expected to boost passenger numbers by 70,000 at Shannon this year.