Aer Lingus To Resume Shannon To Heathrow Service; Ryanair Launches Services From Knock To Edinburgh And Manchester
Aer Lingus will resume a service from Shannon Airport to London Heathrow Airport on September 13.
Shannon Group Statement
A published on Shannon Airport's website said, "[Shannon Airport operator] Shannon Group has welcomed the return of the Aer Lingus London Heathrow service to Shannon Airport. From 13th September the service will operate seven days a week departing Shannon at 17:00 daily. Arrival times from London into Shannon are 16:10 on Monday through Friday and Sunday, with arrival time on Saturdays scheduled for 15:45. The service will operate for ten weeks during the closure of Cork Airport for runway upgrade works.
"Aer Lingus will operate an A321LR aircraft six out of seven days on the Shannon to Heathrow route, the newest, most fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly member of their fleet, with 16 dedicated business class seats. On Mondays an A320 aircraft will provide the service.
"The Shannon to Heathrow service was withdrawn as a result of the pandemic. Prior to this the service had been popular, particularly for business travellers, due to Heathrow’s hub status and onward connections to international marketplaces across the globe.
"Commenting Mary Considine, CEO, Shannon Group, said, 'It is great to see the Heathrow service return to Shannon in what has been, and continues to be, an extremely difficult period for the aviation sector.
"'We will be working closely with Aer Lingus to build the service and to resume long-haul services, however, airlines make decisions on routes based on a number of factors, one of the most important of which is how many passengers will travel on their flight. The best way to ensure the Heathrow service and indeed other routes, remain for the long term is for people to support them. We have already seen encouraging up-take for the range of 18 air services we have launched since the lifting of travel restrictions.'
"Commenting on the general outlook at Shannon, Ms. Considine said, 'With Heathrow starting on September 13th, our new Luton service due to begin operation at the end of October and our existing Stansted and Gatwick services, we have the best connectivity to London airports since 2009 when we last had services to all four of the largest London airports.
"'We have significant COVID-19 safety measures in place and our passengers can be confident when they choose to fly Shannon that we are focused on making their journey through the airport an easy and enjoyable experience.”
"'We would like to thank our customers for their loyalty and ask them for their continued support as we navigate our way back to recovery and growth which will take some time yet.'
"Flight schedule for London Heathrow/Shannon service:
"EI385 will depart London Heathrow at 14:45 and arrive in Shannon at 16:10 on Monday through Friday and Sunday.
"EI385 will depart London Heathrow at 14:20 and arrive in Shannon at 15:45 on Saturdays.
"EI386 will depart Shannon at 17:00 and arrive in London Heathrow at 18:25 every day."
Ryanair Launches Services From Knock To Edinburgh And Manchester
Ryanair has launched services from Ireland West Airport Knock to Edinburgh and Manchester.
A statement published on Ireland West Airport Knock's website said, "Ireland West Airport today welcomed the launch by Ryanair of their two new services to Edinburgh and Manchester. Both services will initially operate twice weekly and operate on a year round basis.
"These new services will provide a major boost for the airport and the region as it restores critically important connectivity between the west of Ireland and Manchester and Edinburgh.
"Ryanair now offer passengers a choice of 13 destinations across the UK and Europe to and from the airport in 2021. This week will also see the return of Ryanair’s seasonal service to Milan, which commences this Friday, and will now operate twice weekly all year round and further good news sees the return of the East Midlands service on Friday, for the first time in almost nine months, which will be a welcome boost for users of the service.
"Welcoming passengers from Edinburgh off the inaugural flight, Joe Gilmore, managing director, Ireland West Airport. commented, 'The airport are delighted to launch these two new services with Ryanair to Manchester and Edinburgh - two long standing services which the airport are thrilled to have been able to secure the return of. We thank Ryanair for their continued unwavering support for the airport in expanding their route network during this challenging period. Following the continued successful roll out of the vaccination programmes, both here and in the UK, and the implementation of the EU Digital COVID Certificate, we are pleased to have seen a very strong recovery in passenger numbers for the month of August and the trends are looking positive for a busy winter season. The addition by Ryanair of these two new services and the extension of both our Malaga and Milan services through the winter for the first time is very welcome and a strong vote of confidence by Ryanair in the airport.'
"Ryanair's director of commercial, Jason McGuinness said, 'We are pleased to launch these two new routes from Ireland West Airport to Edinburgh and Manchester, flying twice weekly as part of our Irish summer 2021 schedule.
'Mindful that COVID restrictions change regularly, customers can now book flights for a well-deserved break knowing that if they need to postpone or change their travel dates, they can do so up to two times with a zero-change fee until the end of October 2021.'
"For further airport information log onto www.irelandwestairport.com, and for information on fares and to book flights log onto www.ryanair.com."
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