Tuesday 24 April 2018

Shannon Airport announces new direct flight to Stockholm

Shannon to Sweden

Stockholm's Old Town (Gamla Stan). Photo: Deposit
Stockholm's Old Town (Gamla Stan). Photo: Deposit
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Shannon Airport has welcomed a new SAS service to Stockholm Arlanda Airport for a limited period next year.

Scandinavian Airlines' (SAS) new direct route will operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays from August 1 to October 7, 2017.

The service brings to 35 the number of destinations from Shannon, and opens up a connecting hub in Scandiniavia - albeit briefly.

Spread over 14 islands, Stockholm's attractions range from trendy Södermalm to a stunning Old Town... and of course, its ABBA Museum.

"SAS has no doubt there will be a very keen interest and uptake for this new route and we look forward to developing this route into the future,” said Alan Sparling, General Sales Agent for the airline in Ireland.

Passengers can connect at Arlanda to over 22 onward destinations served by SAS, including Copenhagen, Oslo, Gothenburg, Riga and Helsinki.

"The announcement is another first for Shannon and a great boost for the region by one of the world’s major airlines," said Matthew Thomas, CEO of Shannon Group.

Last month, Shannon celebrated its six millionth passenger since becoming an independent airport operation on January 1, 2013.

The new route will also bring a tourism boost from the Nordic region and Swedish visitors keen to explore Ireland's west and Wild Atlantic Way.

"As an island destination, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated," said Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland.

"They are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism."

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