*Declan Power, Head of Aviation Development, Shannon Airport takes a picture of Liesellette Schmidt, Captain Torsten Adams, Tanja Bartl, Sahar Roos, Shannon Group Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Murphy and Isabel Harrison for the inaugural Shannon Frankfurt service by Lufthansa on Saturday 29th April 2017. Picture Sean Curtin True Media.
A second weekly service from Shannon Airport to Frankfurt has been announced on the back of the route doubling its capacity this year.
The service will now operate to Frankfurt on Thursdays using an Embraer190 aircraft as well as Saturdays on an Airbus A319. The outbound leg on Thursdays is aimed to arrive in Frankfurt in time to meet onward connections at one of Europe’s largest and most important airport hubs. It will run from the beginning of May to mid October.
Commenting on the enhanced commitment, Andreas Koester, Senior Director Sales UK, Ireland & Iceland: “Testament to the demand for our services in this important market, we are delighted to be able to double our capacity on the Shannon-Frankfurt route. At Lufthansa, we pride ourselves on delivering high levels of customer satisfaction. This additional capacity enables us to offer even greater options for onward outbound connections through Europe and long haul destinations to Asia, Sao Paulo and Johannesburg, with the inbound flight offering a more seamless journey from the North Atlantic. We look forward to building on this success to further expand our footprint in Ireland.”
Shannon Airport Managing Director Andrew Murphy said it “reaffirms the market that there is for Shannon for services into European hub airports. Lufthansa, which is one of Europe’s biggest airlines, came on board with this service in 2017 and would not be doubling frequency unless the demand was there. Having Lufthansa commit with this second weekly service across the summer season is very encouraging from that perspective. We have worked very hard on this, as we do with all our services, and are really pleased to be making this gain.”
Murphy added, “In addition to the outbound opportunities for onward connections and, indeed, the opportunity this gives eastern markets to fly with one-stop connectivity into Shannon, the German market is the third largest tourism market for Ireland. As the gateway airport to the Wild Atlantic Way, we offer direct access for that market to the part of the country that resonates the most with them. We look forward to working with Lufthansa and growing this service further in the future.”