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Delta Air Lines Increases Seat Capacity on Shannon-New York Route as Maiden Flight Met with Huge Demand

Shannon Airport has welcomed Delta Air Lines’ decision to increase seat capacity on its new daily Shannon to New York-JFK service as the first flight took to the skies on Saturday; with early huge demand leading to the move.

Delta Air Lines is deploying the larger Boeing 767-300 aircraft for the Shannon – New York JFK service, in place of the Boeing 757-200 aircraft that was originally planned. This larger aircraft will provide over 3,600 seats through the summer, while the new route has the overall capacity to generate up to 46,000 passengers through Shannon Airport.

Shannon to New York JFK effective 25th May 2024:

Flight numberDepartsArrivesFrequency
DL 285Shannon departs at 12:50New York-JFK arrives at 15:20Daily
DL 284New York departs at 23:20Shannon arrives at 10:50 (next day)Daily

 *Subject to change

Shannon was the first Irish airport that Delta chose to fly into back in 1986.

Mary Considine, CEO of The Shannon Airport Group said: “We are delighted to welcome Delta Air Lines back to Shannon Airport today for the first time since 2019. This new service to New York-JFK is a significant boost for our airport and a further endorsement of the growing demand for transatlantic seats into Shannon. 

“The additional capacity provided by the use of the larger Boeing 767-300 aircraft will provide even more choice for passengers in this region and inbound visitors, travelling to explore the vibrant tourism offering along the Wild Atlantic Way. This direct service also provides increased business connectivity for our customers.

“In addition to our New York/JFK services, we also have services to Boston, Chicago and New York/Newark. We are delighted to be able to facilitate this demand for services through Shannon with valued airline partners such as Delta.

“Transatlantic travel from Shannon Airport has never been easier with our efficient Pre-clearance facility, combined EU/TSA security screening system and Mobile Passport Control App, which will help to ensure a seamless and comfortable airport experience for our passengers through the busy summer travel season ahead.” 

Matteo Curcio, Delta’s Senior Vice President Europe, Middle East, Africa and India added: “In response to strong demand, we are delighted to restart our service between Shannon and New York-JFK, offering our customers convenient travel options between Ireland’s west coast and North America and furthering business opportunities for the entire region.”

“This summer, we will be offering around 3,000 weekly seats between Shannon and the Big Apple, benefiting customers looking for adventures in the U.S., and American visitors looking to enjoy some of Ireland’s most well-known attractions.”

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.”

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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