Shannon Airport has been dealt a blow with news that Kuwait Airways will no longer operate its transit service at the facility.
The Middle Eastern airline has used Shannon as a stopover on its Kuwait to New York service since June 2016.
Management at the airport say that the arrangement was viewed as temporary when it began, and now that approval has been given to Kuwait Airways to resume its direct service, they no longer need to avail of Shannon.
Sixmilebridge Independent Councillor PJ Ryan feels, nevertheless, that it’s a loss for the airport here:
Statement From Shannon Airport
Kuwait Airways has operated a Kuwait to New York/ JFK service transiting through Shannon Airport since 24th June 2016. It was established as a temporary transit service while the airline awaited TSA approval of its new Kuwait airport facilities. That has now been completed and the airline will resume its direct service from Kuwait to New/York JFK.
A spokesperson for Shannon Airport said: “Shannon’s reputation for efficient and quick handling of transit aircraft, from the smallest to the largest was the reason why Shannon was selected back in 2016 by Kuwait Airways as a temporary transit stop on their Kuwait to JFK service. We would like to thank Kuwait Airlines for using Shannon Airport over the last two and a half years and we will continue to work with the Airline to explore future opportunities.