Over forty per cent of Shannon’s passengers this summer were on flights to the UK.
As Britain’s future in the EU, and the implications of Brexit on air travel, remain unclear, the importance of the UK market to the Airport have been laid bare by the CSO.
Three of the four most popular destinations for Shannon passengers are heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick Airports in London.
Manchester also ranked in its top ten between July and September, with a total of 226,000 UK arrivals or departures at the airport in that time frame.
That’s just over 40% of it’s total number, though this dependence on UK flights is replicated throughout the country.
Shannon, however, could be exposed in the event air travel to Britain is compromised after Brexit, given that it does not have any direct connection with a mainland European hub airport.
New York’s JFK Airport and Boston-Logan Airport are also in its top five most popular airports, with Newark, Faro, Philadelphia and Malaga making the rest of the top ten.
In the same third quarter, Shannon’s passenger numbers grew by 5.7%.