Thursday 19 October 2017

Top Trumps head to Shannon as airport's passengers soar

NICE HAIR: Donald Trump. Photo: Craig Ruttle
NICE HAIR: Donald Trump. Photo: Craig Ruttle
Nick Webb

Nick Webb

The arrival of the curiously coiffured Donald Trump at Shannon Airport tomorrow will add to the rapidly increasing passenger numbers at the airport.

Shannon Airport's nine new European routes have delivered a dramatic month of growth, with a 140 per cent increase in passenger numbers on continental services recorded last month compared to April 2013.

The airport has halted five years of passenger number declines in its first year as an independent entity after being separated from the State airports' group in January of last year. But April's passenger figures show 2014 will be all about growth.

Boosted by a really strong Easter period, Shannon enjoyed its biggest month-over-month increase in over a decade as 31 per cent more passengers flew through the airport in April compared to the same month last year.

The sharpest increase, not surprisingly, was recorded in passenger numbers to and from the Continent, which more than doubled.

Trump and his entourage, which includes Ivanka and sons Eric and Donald Jnr, are visiting Ireland to inspect their new purchase.

Trump bought the iconic Doonbeg golf resort in Clare for €15m in February.

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