*Photograph: Arthur Ellis

SHANNON AIRPORT’s new route to Malta has officially been launched.

Announced in November, the Ryanair service will fly directly from Shannon to Malta twice weekly, operating on Thursdays and Sundays until October 27th 2022. It is the first ever scheduled Ryanair service to Malta from Shannon Airport.

CEO of Shannon Group, Mary Considine was confident Malta would become a popular destination for their passengers. “We know this will be an exciting new destination for holidaymakers from the west of the country. With its warm climate, breath-taking landscapes and UNESCO World Heritage sites, Malta will undoubtedly be a very popular destination this summer for sun seekers and those who want to experience its culture”.

Tolene van der Merwe, Director of the Malta Tourism Authority, UK and Ireland, said “We are really excited to have a new route to Malta from Shannon Airport. This route will make it easier than ever before for people in the mid-west of Ireland to visit Malta. Being just a 3.5 hour flight from Ireland with Ryanair, Malta has always been a very popular destination for Irish holidaymakers with 53,000 visitors from Ireland in 2019. With the Maltese warm and friendly culture, combined with the thrill of an action-packed or relaxing holiday, there’s every reason to visit the beautiful islands in 2022”.

Malta boasts over 300 days of sunshine every year and 155 miles of coastline. With over 7,000 years of history, Malta is the ultimate holiday destination for anyone who loves history and culture. The island also has more historic sites per square mile than any other country in the world. The city of Valletta, with its 320 historical monuments all within the tiny capital, makes it one of the most concentrated historic and beautiful cities.

It is also home to the National Art Museum MUZA, which contains a stunning collection of art spanning from the 16th century to the present day.

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