Ryanair has announced that it will reopen its Shannon Airport base in April of 2021.
The airline will base one aircraft at the airport and recommence 14 routes.
In a statement published on Shannon Airport's website, Ryanair CEO Eddie Wilson stated, "Ryanair has a long standing relationship with Shannon, flying our first passengers from Shannon Airport in 1987. The airport has worked tirelessly with Ryanair over the last number of months to secure capacity ahead of next summer and we're delighted that this reopening of the Ryanair base will restore Shannon's connectivity and support the economic recovery of the mid-west next year.
"We're delighted to restore our Shannon Airport base with one aircraft and 14 routes from April 2021. This is great news for the mid-west in supporting employment, particularly within the region's tourism sector, which will benefit from pent-up demand now that vaccines will be widely available next year."
"A Very Positive End To What Has Been An Extremely Tough Year"
Meanwhile, CEO of Shannon Airport operator Shannon Group Mary Considine commented, "We are delighted with [this] announcement by Ryanair, which shows their continued commitment to Shannon. The confirmation of one Ryanair based aircraft and 14 routes recommencing at Shannon Airport in April 2021 is...a very positive end to what has been an extremely tough year for the airport and aviation.
"Ryanair is a valued airline partner. They have operated at Shannon since 1987 and have had a base at Shannon since 2004, providing vital routes for the region and stimulating direct and indirect employment, which is important for Shannon.
"As we rebuild from the devastation of the pandemic, this is great news for the region's tourism and business communities who rely on these services for their livelihoods."
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