Tuesday, 22 August 2017

American Airlines To Increase Capacity From Shannon to Philadelphia

American Airlines are to expand their operations from Ireland's Shannon Airport in a move welcomed by the airports management team.  

American Airlines will expand its Shannon to Philadelphia service during 2018, as the airline continues to build on the growing demand for flights between the Irish airport and its Philadelphia hub. 

Welcoming the increased capacity, Andrew Murphy, Managing Director Shannon Airport said: “The airline’s decision is significant and shows that the service is popular with passengers both sides of the Atlantic." 
"We are delighted with the increase which will add an additional 50 return flights and 7,000 passengers. It is a service that continues to grow, with a 60% increase in capacity already added since 2013.  We're look forward to partnering with American Airlines on making the expansion a real success."

American Airlines will increase capacity on the route by 18%, the airline will commence its 2018 service on 5th April a month earlier than this year, and will run until early October. Over 38,000 passengers already use the daily service annually which operates a Boeing 757 aircraft. The additional capacity is expected to have a boost to inbound tourism for the West of Ireland providing which will be a bonus for tourism industry in the region. 

Commenting on the significance of the increased transatlantic capacity, Declan Power, Head of Aviation Development, Shannon Airport said: “Philadelphia is one of the airline’s leading hub airports, offering connections to well over 100 destinations across 25 countries." 

A major benefit for passengers heading US bound from Shannon is the ability to combined EU/US Pre-clearance checkpoint being trailed at Shannon. It eliminates the need for US bound passengers to queue twice for separate security checks. Shannon is the first airport in the world to trial this groundbreaking system. 

Since 2009 passengers flying from Shannon have also benefitted from US Customs and Border Protection preclearance facilities, which mean they avoid delays on arrival in the US. Shannon was the first airport outside North America to secure US preclearance services.

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