Aer Lingus’s inaugural flight from Shannon to Faro took to the skies on Wednesday. The three times weekly service will operate until the end of October, giving customers in the West of Ireland direct access to the popular holiday resort of the Algarve.
In addition, Aer Lingus operates daily flights between Shannon and London Heathrow, three flights a week to New York and four flights a week to Boston. Aer Lingus Regional operates daily flights between Shannon and Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester.
This brings the total number of weekly flights with Aer Lingus from Shannon to 58 with over 8,000 seats available each week, from May through to October.
Declan Kearney, Director of Communications, said: “The Algarve is a really popular destination for holidaymakers from all over Ireland. We now have services from Shannon, Cork, Dublin and Belfast. We have seen strong demand for bookings since we announced the Shannon to Faro service.
“So strong that we have increased the frequency from two to three flights per week and are running the service for an additional six week, to the end of October. It’s great to welcome the first customers on board today.”
Aer Lingus currently has a promotion offering up to 50% discount on flights to summer sun destinations and city breaks, for travel from June through to October. Flights must be booked by Friday 3rd May.
Shannon Airport Director Mary Considine said that having Faro on this year’s summer schedule is a significant boost to holiday makers from this region. “The fact that Ireland is the seventh strongest international market for the Algarve region shows how strong the demand is here for flights to Faro. Getting a Faro service back at Shannon was one of our key objectives for 2013 and we look forward to working with Aer Lingus to ensure passengers going through Shannon enjoy the convenience and ease of using our airport.”