Shannon Airport Reports Recovery

Shannon Airport is performing ahead of expectations and is on course to deliver 75 to 80pc of pre-pandemic passenger numbers this year.

That is according to the CEO of Shannon Group Mary Considine, who told the June meeting of Clare County Council they are "confident that we are on the right road to recovery" due to the pent-up demand for air travel.

In 2019, the airport recorded passenger numbers of 1.7 million. Ms Considine said the airport is hoping for 75 to 80pc of pre-pandemic traffic this year.

"We are doing much better than we would have anticipated at the start of the year," she said.

An 80pc projection of pre-pandemic passenger figures would deliver passenger numbers of 1.37 million for 2022.

Ms Considine also urged maximum use of Shannon’s three Heathrow slots as the guarantee concerning the slots expires in September. Ms Considine said that if the routes are properly supported, there will never be a question mark over their viability.