Shannon Airport is in line for a major lift with United Airllines set to renew its route to Newark.
The Clare Echo understands that United Airlines will bring back transatlantic flights to Shannon Airport from April with its website indicating that to Shannon to Newark is a planned future service.
This will re-establish a twenty two year history between United Airlines and Shannon Airport. The airline had previously advertised Shannon as giving “direct access” to the West of Ireland from New York City.
No formal announcement has been made by either United Airlines or Shannon Group in relation to the development however Shannon Airport sources were ecstatic with the expected return.
Speaking to The Clare Echo, Clare TD Michael McNamara (IND) stated, “connectivity is key to Shannon and the Mid-West, it is why Shannon was founded in the first place”. He added, “It is a big lift, connectivity is key, to see a major player coming back to the market is a major lift for Shannon Airport”.
In June of last year, United Airlines came under fire after it ended the Shannon to Newark route which operated as a daily service from April to October while it decided to maintain four weekly flights from Dublin Airport.
Aer Lingus’ decision to withdraw its base at Shannon Airport put transatlantic connectivity from the International Airport into jeopardy, the current lack of commitment from the national flag carrier was labelled was “very worrying” according to Deputy McNamara.