Posted on: 24 October 2013 by Mark Howells
Ryanair has announced eight new routes from Shannon Airport in western Ireland in a move described by the airline’s deputy chief executive and chief operating officer, Michael Cawley (pictured), as the first step in honouring a promise to the Irish Government that if travel tax was abolished, the airline would respond by delivering 1 million extra passengers a year.
The Irish Government announced last week that it would abolish the travel tax from the beginning of April 2014 – and these new routes will be introduced at that time.
The new destinations from Shannon are Krakow, Warsaw, Nice, Munich Memmingen, Fuerteventura, Berlin Schonefeld and Paris Beauvais. These additional services take Ryanair’s destinations from Shannon to 18. Ryanair will also be ddding frequency from Shannon to London Stansted.
“We’ll probably have to add a second aircraft at Shannon,” Cawley confirmed. “Initially, not all of these services won’t all be year round, the Polish routes, German routes and Paris will be.
“The routes will take our traffic at Shannon from 450,000 passengers a year to 750,000 in 2014. Immediately the airport’s overall passenger figures will go to levels above 2010, purely on Ryanair’s intervention. Equally important is that about 95% of the additonal flights we’ve announced are new business – they’ve never been flown from Shannon before. My ambition has been for 1 million Ryanair passengers a year at Shannon and I see no reason to change that,” Cawley concluded.
Shannon Airport CEO Neil Pakey, who took up his post earlier this year, highlighted the quality and variety of the new Ryanair destinations. “The good things for me to see since coming here have been the relationships with the tourist boards and chambers of commerce,” he remarked. Pakey added that the airport aims to break even this year so with the additional Ryanair services, he hopes for a profit in 2014.
Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net