THE first ever scheduled flight service between Shannon Airport and Vienna will commence in 2020.
This year, Vienna was declared the number one city in the world to live in, in the annual Global Liveability Index for a second year in a row.
Following this, Lauda, the Austrian airline, has today announced there will be a new service from Shannon Airport to the city of music from next year.
Flights will run twice weekly from the end of March 2020 on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Managing Director of Shannon Airport, Andrew Murphy has described this as “very positive news” for the region.
The announcement comes alongside news of upgrades being carried out at the airport.
“Not alone do we get a scheduled service to one of Europe’s most visited cities and a strong inbound market for tourists to Ireland, we are also getting a new carrier on the runway here as well,” Andrew says.
“We have been working closely with Lauda and their parent Ryanair, to deliver this service and are looking forward to the airline commencing operation in the new year.”
The service will be the first summer service connecting Austrian holidaymakers directly to the Wild Atlantic Way.
Lauda’s CEO, Andreas Gruber also spoke of his excitement.
“Customers in Shannon can now book flights to Vienna as far out as October 2020 flying on the lowest fares and with the greenest, cleanest airline group in Europe, with the lowest CO2 emissions.”
Commenting on the significance of the new service for Shannon, Andrew Murphy also adds that “the decision by Lauda is a vote of confidence in the region by the airline and will deepen Shannon’s impact on tourism in the region.”
The new Shannon service has been secured with the assistance of Tourism Ireland and the increased route development fund for regional airports announced in Budget 2020 is a significant factor.
Commenting on the announcement, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin says that he is “very pleased with this announcement and it is great to see that regions are already seeing dividends from the Government’s decision to increase marketing funds for regional airports.”
This announcement is also a great beginning for Mary Considine in her new position, having been appointed CEO of Shannon Group last week.
“Shannon Group is an important driver of economic activity, and integral to that is providing airline services to the region,” Mary says.
“Securing this so soon after the announcement of the Budget 2020 increased Tourism Ireland route develop fund shows what can be achieved through this type of partnership and we thank Tourism Ireland for its continued support.”