The CEO of Shannon Group is hailing the return of transatlantic flights from Shannon Airport as a milestone in its recovery.
Aer Lingus’ Shannon to Boston route takes resumes operations for the first time in almost two years.
Today is a momentous occasion for Shannon airport as the first transatlantic flight takes off following the Covid-19 pandemic.
Aer Lingus’ Shannon to Boston route is the first of three US services to fly once more from the regional airport.
The Aer Lingus to JFK route will resume on Friday, with United Airline also due to resume their flight to Newark airport.
The CEO of Shannon Group, Mary Considine says this is a day of great celebration for the airport, her colleagues and the region.
However, Mary Considine stressed this is only a building block towards their recovery.
She would like to see the airport included in the Regional Airports Programme of funding on a permanent basis.
Passengers began to flock to the check-in desks from mid-morning, excited to be taking to the skies once more from Shannon Airport.
People from Clare, Cork, Kerry and beyond have travelled to the airport to board the Boston flight.
Minister of State at the Department of Transport Hildegarde Naughton visited the airport to mark the relaunch of their American services.
Minister Naughton says the resumption of services at Shannon Airport is a marker of government’s commitment to ensuring Shannon Airport is viable.
The Junior Minister says that the airport’s inclusion in the regional airport’s programme for 2023 is a distinct possibility.