Chicago service to fly again next year

Marisa Reidy

Published 16/10/2013 | 05:36

KERRY tourism received a significant boost this week with the announcement that the United Airlines Shannon to Chicago service will not only return next year, but will also almost double its capacity.

KERRY tourism received a significant boost this week with the announcement that the United Airlines Shannon to Chicago service will not only return next year, but will also almost double its capacity.

The announcement follows meetings between the airport and Kerry tourism interests over the summer at which representatives from the industry here stressed the importance of extending successful transatlantic services this year into shoulder periods in 2014.

Transatlantic passenger numbers during the summer season increased by as much as 39 per cent on the same month compared to last. Kerry is one of the key beneficiaries of this growth as research shows that 43 per cent of all transatlantic passengers through Shannon visit the Kingdom.

The announcement by United Airlines will see capacity on the Shannon-Chicago service next year increase by 88 per cent as it puts on an additional 90 flights (15,000 seats). The service begins on May 22, 2014 and runs until September 14 – a five week extension on this year's schedule. In addition to the extension, the service will also increase from five weekly flights this year to daily flights from June 16 to August 17 next.

Shannon Group CEO designate, Neil Pakey, welcomed the decision and noted its importance for Kerry tourism.

"It is further proof of the strong market there is for the unique tourism product on the western seaboard and Kerry is a leader in providing this," he said.

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