Santa flights a charity boon

Shannon Airport and Ryanair will run a series of ‘Santa Flights’ next month following the success of last year’s free event — but this time there will be a cost.

The €10 booking fee being charged for this year’s event will however go to two Mid-West-based charities who have also been allotted 80 seats on the flights.

Last year, about 3,000 children and accompanying adults enjoyed the 40-minute flights with Santa which were organised to mark the first year of the airport’s independence.

This year’s event will operate on December 13 and 14 with 10 flights, carrying almost 1,900 passengers, taking to the skies over Co Clare.

While 80 seats have been set aside the Clare Crusaders in Co Clare and St Gabriels School in Limerick, the remaining seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on the airport website.

Booking will open at 2pm tomorrow at the website but the seats are expecting to be snapped up quickly.

The online-only booking is confined to a maximum of six, with two adults only among the six to ensure as many children as possible get to enjoy this magical adventure.

Shannon Airport has also confirmed that this year a €10 fee will apply for each booking, whether for two or six people, with the proceeds going to the chosen charities.

The airport has said the initiative is a thank you from Shannon to the region for making the second year of the independent entity even more successful.

Shannon Group chairman Rose Hynes said:“We have had a good year so it is an appropriate time to say thank-you to the public for its support and we are doing it through our Santa flights.”

Cartoon characters welcome children on arrival and the transit lounge will be transformed into a winter playground, together with a visit from Mrs Claus, fun from the elves, games, and a puppet show before the special guests take to the skies with Santa.


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