New US routes drive first increase in Shannon passengers in five years
Passenger traffic at airport up 8 per cent in June compared with 2012
The number of US armed forces flights stopping off at Shannon Airport is expected to be down this year. Photograph: Arthur Ellis/Press22.
New routes to the US drove an increase in passenger traffic through Shannon Airport last month.
The airport said yesterday that 160,573 passengers travelled through in June, an 8 per cent increase from 148,531 during the same month last year.
Its statement added it was the first time in five years that the airport has shown month-over-month growth and claimed that the figures show it has turned a significant corner.
Recently-appointed chief executive Neil Pakey said the most pronounced growth had been in US passenger numbers, which were up 38 per cent.
The number of US armed forces flights stopping off at the airport is expected to be down this year. An estimated 76,000 US military personnel will pass through the airport in 2013, 25 per cent fewer than last year.
The Government spun Shannon off from the Dublin Airport Authority in December, giving it full independence.