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*A Kerry couple that won return flights to a Shannon Airport destination of their choice. Pictured with Shannon Group CEO, Mary Considine. Photograph: Arthur Ellis

Shannon Airport marked the inaugural take-off of its news Ryanair to Corfu service on Tuesday with a pre-departure reception and water canon salute.

Ryanair’s new route from Shannon Airport to the popular Greek island will operate twice weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays until the end of October.

It is the first of two new services due to take off from the airport within a week, a new weekly Ryanair service to Gran Canaria (Las Palmas) begins on Saturday (August 7th).

Passengers on the first Corfu bound flight enjoyed a pre-departure reception in the airport’s transit lounge which was decorated in festive style. To celebrate the new routes, the airport gave one lucky passenger a special surprise, return flight tickets for two people to a choice of one of Shannon Airport’s 17 exciting destinations.

Photograph: Arthur Ellis.

A special water cannon salute by the airport’s fire service added an extra sense of occasion as airport staff welcomed passengers and looked after them throughout their time in the airport.

CEO of Shannon Group, Mary Considine embraced the festive atmosphere in the air. “The global pandemic has had a huge impact on all our lives and being able to once again welcome our passengers as they take to the skies bound for sun drenched holiday destinations is really wonderful.

“We’ve really missed the interaction with our passengers and since the lifting of the ban on international travel, we have been fortunate here at the airport to see happy passengers as they make their seamless journey through the airport to our boarding gates. Our focus is firmly on rebuilding our air services and these two new popular destinations are welcome additions. We have a long way to go, but with 17 Ryanair services now available from Shannon, it’s a promising start,” she added.

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