Canadian Ambassador Is “Beyond Convinced” New Shannon Route Will Be Successful

The Canadian Ambassador to Ireland has said that he’s “beyond convinced” that new direct flights from Shannon to Toronto will be successful.

Kevin Vickers is speaking following the launch of the new service, which it’s hoped will pave the way for major trade and tourism opportunities for the Midwest.


Air Canada will be operating a new service from Shannon to Toronto four days a week from June to October next year.

Passengers will land at Pearson International Airport, the airline’s hub which connects to over 190 onward destinations, while it’s also hoped that many will avail of the business and tourism opportunities to come here.

Canadian Ambassador Kevin Vickers has told Clare FM he’s certain the venture will be a success.

The Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland believes direct flights between Shannon and Canada will fill the void left by falling numbers of British tourists.

But Niall Gibbons says the route must be strongly marketed.

Meanwhile, the Managing Director of Shannon Airport has admitted he’s not confident of a u-turn on United Airlines’ decision to pull it’s winter transatlantic service to Newark.

That’s despite a strong local campaign which followed the airline’s decision to suspend the service from the end of November until March.

Efforts are ongoing to restore the service, and talks are being held with other airlines to fill the void.

But Andrew Murphy admits he’s not optimistic that United will change its mind.