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24 Oct 2013

Tourism Ireland welcomes new Ryanair flights to Shannon Airport

Flights from Berlin, Munich, Paris and Nice are good news for tourism to the West of Ireland

Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes today’s announcement by Ryanair of eight new flights to Shannon Airport from April 2014, which will include year-round services from Berlin, Munich, Paris and Nice. These new services will certainly help boost tourism business from the all-important German and French markets to Shannon and the West of Ireland next year. 

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is wonderful news for tourism to the West of Ireland. We already work very closely with Ryanair and we look forward to co-operating with them to maximise the promotion of these new flights from Germany and France to Shannon. As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism. Tourism Ireland is committed to working with Ryanair, Shannon Airport and other tourism interests, through co-operative marketing, to drive demand for these flights to Shannon – as we work with other carriers and partners to promote and help maintain vital routes and services to the island.”

Niall Gibbons continued: “Tourism from Mainland Europe is performing well this year – almost +5% for the January-August period, with good increases in visitor numbers in particular from markets like Germany, the Nordic countries and Benelux. And the outlook for 2014 is also positive – particularly in light of these new Ryanair flights, just in time for the summer season, which will help keep the growth momentum going.”