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Tourism Ireland Welcomes Delta Air Lines Shannon Expansion as Potential Boost in US Visitor Numbers to Ireland

Tourism Ireland has welcomed the news that Delta Air Lines is expanding the seat capacity on its newly restored Shannon to New York/JFK route, which took off again at the weekend; saying it will help boost inbound US visitor numbers to Ireland.

Commenting on the significance of the new transatlantic service, Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s Head of North America said: “Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes the relaunch of Delta’s daily nonstop flights from New York to Shannon, boosting visitor numbers from the United States. Tourism Ireland aims to sustainably support local economies and communities and the relaunch of this service will deliver visitors right to the heart of the iconic Wild Atlantic Way, which marks its 10th anniversary this year.

“As an island destination, there’s a proven correlation between access and growth in visitor numbers. Tourism Ireland is committed to working with Delta, Shannon Airport and our other key partners, to drive demand for this transatlantic flight, and all other services to Ireland, helping to maintain our vital network of routes and services.”

Delta started its new daily Shannon-JFK service last Saturday. Due to huge demand, the airline has moved to a larger Boeing 767-300 jet for the route, rather than a Boeing 757-300 as originally planned.

Geoff Percival
Geoff Percival
Geoff has worked in business, news, consumer and travel journalism for more than 25 years; having worked for and contributed to the likes of The Irish Examiner, Business & Finance, Business Plus, The Sunday Times, The Irish News, Senior Times, and The Sunday Tribune.

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