Shannon Airport announces new German route with Lufthansa
Shannon Airport will get its first ever scheduled Lufthansa service next summer with a new Frankfurt route.
The new, once-weekly service will kick off on April 29, and is expected to be operated with an Airbus A319.
Prices will start from €119, with flights taking two hours and 15 minutes.
“We are delighted to welcome Lufthansa to Shannon with their first scheduled service," said Matthew Thomas, Chief Executive of the Shannon Group. "This is a significant milestone for our airport and region by one of the world’s major airlines."
As well as a direct link to Frankfurt, the route will connect Shannon passengers with Lufthansa's home base and some 170 international destinations.
"The new flight will offer a smooth connection between our Frankfurt hub and some intercontinental destinations such as Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo or Singapore," said Andreas Köster of Lufthansa Group.
Germany is Ireland's third-largest source of visitors, so the route will also bring a boost to tourism along the 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, welcoming the service. "They are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.”
Lufthansa's is the second new service to be announced at Shannon in a month, with SAS recently announcing new Stockholm flights for 2017.
In other news, Cork Airport has announced direct flights to Zurich for summer 2017. The Swissair service will run from June 2 to September 29.