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Stobart Air to Return to Shannon

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Stobart Air to Return to Shannon

Aer Lingus Regional brand Stobart Air has announced that it will once again schedule flights out of Shannon airport, only three months after it ceased operations there.

The airline will recommence its flights to Birmingham from Shannon from 18 June, operating six new services a week. It announced in November last year that it would cease operations of flights to Bristol, Birmingham and Edinburgh.

At the time, the company said the airport "does not fit with our current strategic plan at this time" and it would "have to make the right long-term choices for the airline."

Ronan Whitty, Stobart's head of revenue management said that pulling out from Shannon was a tough but necessary decision, saying that the costs were too much to justify the returns.

However, the move allowed the company to look at the airport with a fresh perspective and is now determined to get back to work with Shannon, as it believes the customer demands is there.

Shannon Group welcomed the news, saying: “We are very pleased to welcome back Stobart Air on this route. This announcement is really positive news for Shannon and our passengers.”