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Shannon Airport numbers climb again in July

Services from the US and Canada boost numbers at Ireland’s third-largest airport for the second month running.

Image: Shannon Hauser via Flickr/Creative Commons

AFTER FIVE YEARS of declining passenger numbers, Shannon Airport has posted a second successive month-on-month rise.

July saw 173,558 passengers pass through the airport, up from 158,603 in July 2012. That rise adds to the 8 per cent jump in June’s figures, which was buoyed by a large rise in numbers coming from North America.

The US and Canada were also important in the rise in July’s figures, as 54,014 came through the airport’s five US and one Canadian service, a 39 per cent increase on July 2012′s figure.

Chief executive of Shannon Neil Pakey said that the figures show that the airport is delivering better services.

“The figures very much reflect the enhanced level of services delivered at Shannon this year not least on US destinations thanks to new routes to Philadelphia and Chicago.

“We are delighted to have achieved a second successive month of growth at Shannon.

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“This has been very positive for the tourism market here, from Cork up to the North West.”

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