Slowdown in growth of passengers at Shannon

Business fell during what should have been one of tourist season’s busiest months

In January, Aer Lingus Regional, operated under contract by Stobart Air, pulled a series of services from Shannon to Birmingham, Bristol and Edinburgh, resulting in the loss of 20 flights a week.

In January, Aer Lingus Regional, operated under contract by Stobart Air, pulled a series of services from Shannon to Birmingham, Bristol and Edinburgh, resulting in the loss of 20 flights a week.

 

Growth in passenger numbers at Shannon Airport has been tailing off since early this year, according to new figures which show that business actually fell during what should have been one of the tourist season’s busiest months.

Figures show that, in January, February and March, a total of 213,000 people travelled through the airport. This represented month-on-month increases of between 28.4 per cent and 38.3 per cent on the same period in 2014.

However, the acceleration in growth stalled in April, when numbers fell 3.1 per cent to 132,028. Growth returned at a slower pace in May, which was 4.1 per cent up at 162,341.

Numbers fell

Numbers fell 3.9 per cent in August, one of the busiest months of the tourist season, to 200,067. They recovered slightly in September, when they rose by 2.8 per cent to 168,479.

The double-digit increases in the first quarter are down to the fact that Ryanair launched a series of new services in the spring of 2014.

‘Washed through’

However, sources pointed out yesterday that the impact of the additional Ryanair services had “washed through” the figures by April, the point from which the airport’s growth slowed.

In January, Aer Lingus Regional, operated under contract by Stobart Air, pulled a series of services from Shannon to Birmingham, Bristol and Edinburgh, resulting in the loss of 20 flights a week.

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