News

Shannon Airport Halts Five Years of Passenger Decline

Shannon Airport Halts Five Years of Passenger Decline

Shannon Airport has stemmed a five-year decline in passenger numbers in its first year as an independent entity, passenger figures for 2013 confirm. Shannon Airport Square

Some 1,400,032 passengers flew through Shannon over the course of the year, up from 1,394,781 in 2012. The marginal increase was achieved despite a difficult start to 2013 as month-over-month passenger numbers again decreased in the months through to June when the airport recorded its first month-over-month increase in five years.

The increase in the latter half of the year was most pronounced on transatlantic routes where 22% growth was achieved, thanks to new services to Chicago and Philadelphia. UK/European routes were also boosted by new services during 2013, to Alicante, Faro, Lanzarote and Liverpool. The turnaround arrests a downward spiral in passenger numbers year-on-year over the past five years ranging between 7% and 37%.

Neil Pakey, Shannon Group Chief Executive, said: “2013 was always going to be challenging, not least at the beginning of the year as we emerged from the State airports group. After a slow start in terms of passenger numbers over the first five months, trends improved considerably as the year drew on and the second half of the year was very positive. We are very confident that we will now achieve real growth as we move into 2014 and beyond.”

Rose Hynes, Shannon Group Chairman, predicted that growth will be accelerated in 2014 from March onwards when services at the airport will be significantly enhanced. This will materialise as Ryanair commences eight new routes – to Berlin, Paris, Fuerteventura, Warsaw, Faro, Munich, Nice and Krakow – and Aer Lingus Regional starts its new daily Bristol service, increases Manchester from twice to three daily frequencies, and doubles the existing Birmingham single daily service. 2014 will also see Aer Lingus fly daily on its Boston and JKF New York services while United Airlines will increase its capacity on the Shannon – Chicago service by 88% as it puts on an additional 90 flights during the schedule.

“The target of the independent Shannon Airport at the start of the year was to halt the decline in passenger numbers and we have achieved that,” said Rose Hynes. “From here on we are in growth mode and have a very solid platform laid thanks to the advances made in 2013, but particularly the new routes secured that are now in place for 2014.

“We achieved our stated objectives for 2013 regarding passenger numbers and increased connectivity. This is a significant achievement and I would like to pay tribute to Neil Pakey and his team for their commitment and hard work. We are now working on many initiatives for 2014 which we hope will bring further success.”

Click to add a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

News

NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 52 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 42 years.

More in News

Silversea Launches Collection of Grand Voyages

Michael FloodJuly 17, 2019

Belfast’s Grand Central Hotel Celebrates First Anniversary

Michael FloodJuly 17, 2019

Shannon’s Place in National Aviation Reflected in 2019 Awards Wins

Neil SteedmanJuly 17, 2019

Cork Airport Celebrates Summer Season With Goody Bags

Neil SteedmanJuly 17, 2019

Hertz Takes Home Top Honours in 2019 Trazees Awards

Neil SteedmanJuly 17, 2019

Irish Ferries Family Holidays to Alton Towers & CBeebies Land

Neil SteedmanJuly 17, 2019

Visit California Summer Roadshow Comes to Dublin

Ian BloomfieldJuly 16, 2019

Blackpool Launches a £100,000 Design Competition

Michael FloodJuly 15, 2019

CAR Issues November Licence Round Timetable

Neil SteedmanJuly 15, 2019

Copyright © 2019 Belgrave Group Limited, C4 Nutgrove Office Park, Nutgrove Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14, Ireland