Tuesday, September 10 16:37:34
Shannon Airport's steady recovery in passenger numbers continued for a third consecutive month in August, figures revealed by the airport today show.
Passenger numbers for the month show that 170,000 people travelled through Shannon in August, a 3pc increase on August 2012.
The increase comes on the back of strong gains also in June - the first time in five years growth was seen in month-over-month figures - and July.
Transatlantic services again showed the greatest uplift in August, with 35pc more passengers travelling between Shannon and the US/Canada compared to 12 months ago. Overall, passenger numbers for the airport have now increased by 7pc over the three key summer months and 37pc on transatlantic services during that same period.
The figures prove there is real likelihood that the extra seasonal US flights will return to Shannon next year. Welcoming the increase, Shannon Airport CEO Neil Pakey said "there is a possibility that more flights may be operated, with airlines considering lengthening their seasonal operations into the shoulder periods leading into and coming out of the key summer months".