Shannon Airport passenger numbers rose 8% in 2021 compared to 2020.
Over 380,00 passengers travelled through the airport, as revealed in the Group’s end of year report.
Mary Considine, CEO of Shannon Group said: “Our team at Shannon Group have been unwavering in our focus on recovery and rebuilding to ensure a successful future for our employees, the people and businesses in our region who rely on our Shannon Airport services for their livelihoods. Although it has been another challenging year, having come through the worst of the Pandemic, we are confident that the foundations for recovery are in place.”
“With the welcome announcement of the lifting of restrictions, there is real optimism in the air. While it will still take time for the unwinding of Covid restrictions to filter down into the aviation sector, it is a really positive development for industries devastated by the pandemic,” says Ms Considine.
However, eased travel restrictions and more long-haul services has given those in the aviation industry hope for the summer season.
Ms Considine said, “The return of Transatlantic services to Boston, New York (JFK) and Newark from Shannon in March, combined with our strong European summer flight schedule and the return to full strength of our Heathrow services, are reasons to be optimistic.”
“2022 will still be a challenging year, and there is still a considerable journey ahead of us, there are positive signs of recovery which give us confidence.”