A senior figure in Aer Lingus has admitted the airline is currently focusing on growing routes at Dublin Airport – but insists they are committed to Shannon.
It comes as the carrier has unveiled its new state-of-the-art transatlantic jets at Shannon Airport, with the resumption of the highly popular route to JFK Airport in New York City.
Aer Lingus has today officially unveiled its A321neo LR aircraft at Shannon Airport.
The jets consumes 25% less fuel than the existing planes that operate on transatlantic services from Ireland and will see their capacity for passengers on these routes grow.
The launch coincides with the return of the Shannon to JFK service, which this year has returned a month earlier, meaning there are thousands of extra seats on offer.
On whether more flights will be added at Shannon, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer with Aer Lingus Donal Moriarty says that’s possible, although he admits they are currently focusing on Dublin.
Aer Lingus’ additional commitment to Shannon Airport, which also includes new flights this year to Paris and Barcelona, has received a broad welcome from Shannon Group.
CEO Mary Considine says the additional business is extremely welcome.
Meanwhile, it’s hoped the extra Aer Lingus business will also provide a significant boost to businesses based in the Shannon Free Zone.
Each plane will cater for 16 business class passengers, seats that are seen as key to attracting would-be investors to coming to the Midwest region.
CEO of Shannon Engine Support and former President of Shannon Chamber Julie Dickerson says it means firms like her own can put their best foot forward in terms of attracting inward investment.