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Shannon Airport Posts Record Passenger Figures for First Time in Over 10 Years

Shannon Airport has reported record-breaking passenger figures for the first six months of this year – the first time it has done so in more than 10 years.

The airport, which has been experiencing increased demand for overseas travel since last year, recorded 902,603 passengers from January to June of this year. 

When compared to the same period in 2022, this is a 41% increase on last year and a 6% increase on 2018, which was the next highest record for passenger traffic during the same months since 2009.  

The Shannon Airport Group Chief Executive Mary Considine said: “The first six months of this year have been our busiest for this period, in over a decade. With the highest number of passengers recorded for this period since 2009, we are thrilled to witness the resounding success of our 2023 Summer Schedule, and our network of 35 destinations to the UK, Europe and the US for this year. 

“The addition of new services such as our five new routes with Ryanair for this Summer, our daily service to Chicago O’Hare with United Airlines and our recently announced Paris service to Charles De Gaulle with Aer Lingus, will play a pivotal role in continued growth for Shannon, opening exciting possibilities for travellers from around the globe.”  

Last month, passenger figures for Shannon Airport were 32% higher for June 2023 compared with June 2022 and 10% higher than June 2019. 

Whilst also in June, the airport recorded its busiest day in seven years with 8,565 passengers traversing through Shannon on Friday the 23rd of June.  

In May, there was a significant up lift in passenger traffic of 27% compared to the same period in 2022. 

Ms Considine said: “We remain committed to offering world-class services and an easy, seamless travel experience for our passengers. The future looks bright as we rebound strongly in the aftermath of the pandemic, and this is driven by our committed staff, and the support and trust of our passengers and partners alike.”  

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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