No sooner had a new Norwegian Air International service been launched from Shannon to Stewart International Airport, 60 miles north of Manhattan, than the established United Airlines service to New York was pulled for the winter.

It appears that a fall in demand from passengers has resulted in United Airlines suspending its service from New York to Shannon from November 26th to March 9th.  United operates daily flights from Shannon but said “a seasonal reduction in demand” is the cause of its decision to suspend the operation from Newark, New Jersey, which is scheduled to resume on March 10th 2018. In a

United operates daily flights from Shannon but said “a seasonal reduction in demand” is the cause of its decision to suspend the operation from Newark, New Jersey, which is scheduled to resume on March 10th 2018. In a

In a statement, the airline said, “We will contact customers with bookings for flights during the service suspension to either offer them alternative travel plans or provide refunds.” Norwegian Air International launched its inaugural flight with lower fares to the Orange County airport on July 2nd in what was heralded as “a new departure in transatlantic aviation”. The operation schedules two flights weekly over the winter season. In a statement Pat Breen, Clare Fine Gael TD and Minister for Trade, says he has arranged a meeting with United Airlines to seek a review of the decision to suspend the flights. According to Minister Breen, “While I have made initial contact with senior personnel at the European Section of United Airlines since this announcement, I will meet with them in person this week to press upon them the importance of this service to the growing business between the mid west of Ireland and the United States. “Business in the region relies on this connection which serves New York, for Trans-Atlantic deals,

Norwegian Air International launched its inaugural flight with lower fares to the Orange County airport on July 2nd in what was heralded as “a new departure in transatlantic aviation”. The operation schedules two flights weekly over the winter season. Pat Breen, Clare Fine Gael TD and Minister for Trade, says he has arranged a meeting with United Airlines to seek a review of the decision to suspend the flights. According to Minister Breen, “While I have made initial contact with senior personnel at the European Section of United Airlines since this announcement, I will meet with them in person this week to press upon them the importance of this service to the growing business between the mid west of Ireland and the United States. “Business in the region relies on this connection which serves New York, for Trans-Atlantic deals,

Pat Breen, Clare Fine Gael TD and Minister for Trade, says he has arranged a meeting with United Airlines to seek a review of the decision to suspend the flights. According to Minister Breen, “While I have made initial contact with senior personnel at the European Section of United Airlines since this announcement, I will meet with them in person this week to press upon them the importance of this service to the growing business between the mid west of Ireland and the United States. “Business in the region relies on this connection which serves New York, for Trans-Atlantic deals,

According to Minister Breen, “While I have made initial contact with senior personnel at the European Section of United Airlines since this announcement, I will meet with them in person this week to press upon them the importance of this service to the growing business between the mid west of Ireland and the United States. “Business in the region relies on this connection which serves New York, for Trans-Atlantic deals,

“Business in the region relies on this connection which serves New York, for Trans-Atlantic deals, meetings, and trade. I am deeply concerned about the move to suspend the Newark-Shannon winter schedule, especially given the increase in investment into the mid west from across the Atlantic and the huge potential for even more.”

The Minister added, “I understand the airline has assured Shannon Airport that it will begin flying from Shannon again from March 10th, but there will still be over three months during the winter without such a service.

“I will be working hard over the coming weeks with businesses from the area to highlight to United Airlines and the aviation industry the need for a connection between New York and Shannon during these winter months.”

Irish Aviation Authority report

Last week the Irish Aviation Authority confirmed that June 2017 was a record breaking season for Irish skies. The IAA is responsible for providing air traffic management services across Irish controlled airspace. The authority safely handled a record 107,569 air traffic movements in June, an increase of 1.4% on the same month last year. According to the IAA, commercial terminal traffic at the three State airport, Shannon,

The authority safely handled a record 107,569 air traffic movements in June, an increase of 1.4% on the same month last year. According to the IAA, commercial terminal traffic at the three State airport, Shannon,

According to the IAA, commercial terminal traffic at the three State airport, Shannon, Cork and Dublin, was up by 2.6% in June this year. Significantly, it says, commercial terminal flights at Dublin airport is up by +3.8% compared to June 2016 with an impressive daily average of 671 commercial movements.

Significantly, it says, commercial terminal flights at Dublin airport is up by +3.8% compared to June 2016 with an impressive daily average of 671 commercial movements. However, air traffic movements at Shannon and Cork were down by 2.8% and 4.2% respectively.

Runway works

Meanwhile, work continues on resurfacing Shannon Airport’s runway, Ireland’s longest and one of the longest in Europe. Each night a team of 90 vehicles and 70 people toil for over four hours on the 3,200m runway. Before early morning flights can recommence more than enough asphalt to cover an entire football pitch has been laid. Work on the runway commenced in April and is due for completion in October. By then an estimated 50,000

Before early morning flights can recommence more than enough asphalt to cover an entire football pitch has been laid. Work on the runway commenced in April and is due for completion in October. By then an estimated 50,000

Work on the runway commenced in April and is due for completion in October. By then an estimated 50,000 tons of asphalt will be laid, the equivalent of 72 football pitches. According to operations director Niall Maloney, “It’s quite a complex job because there’s a huge focus on the clock and, particularly, on safety. The runway must be open and operational every morning for our first transatlantic customers before 6.00a.m.  “To ensure this happens our own dedicated Shannon Airport project team, working with our contractor, take 90 minutes to run all the necessary safety checks.” Built in 1961, the

According to operations director Niall Maloney, “It’s quite a complex job because there’s a huge focus on the clock and, particularly, on safety. The runway must be open and operational every morning for our first transatlantic customers before 6.00a.m.  “To ensure this happens our own dedicated Shannon Airport project team, working with our contractor, take 90 minutes to run all the necessary safety checks.” Built in 1961, the

“To ensure this happens our own dedicated Shannon Airport project team, working with our contractor, take 90 minutes to run all the necessary safety checks.” Built in 1961, the

Built in 1961, the runway was last fully rehabilitated in 1983 and has under gone regular maintenance over the intervening years.

The current work includes resurface and rehabilitation enhancements, including replacement of existing runway lighting and fittings, raising the drainage channel, reinstating airfield markings, associated ducting and other minor site works.