Seen welcoming SAS to Shannon on 1 August are: Aileen Hickey, Nordic Market Manager, Tourism Ireland; Alan Sparling, MD of GSA for SAS, Ireland; and Mary Considine, Deputy CEO at Shannon Group. The seasonal 1,814-kilometre route will operate twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays) until 3 October according to OAG schedules.
- SAS has now added Shannon (SNN) to its network, beginning on 1 August a seasonal twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays) service to the Irish airport from Stockholm Arlanda (ARN). The 1,814-kilometre sector, which will operate until 3 October, will be flown regularly on a mixture of the Star Alliance member’s 737s according to OAG schedules, however some services will be operated by CRJ 900s. The link faces no direct competition. Andrew Murphy, MD of Shannon Airport, said of SAS’ arrival: “This is a further boost for tourism in this region as it gives a direct link from the Nordic market, where there is a growing demand for the Irish tourism product.” Talking about the reasons for visiting Ireland, Murphy also added: “It’s a two-way street as Stockholm is a magical city to visit and Sweden itself offers so much for tourists. Ultimately, Tourism Ireland has played a big role in this. They are very active in Sweden and that’s a major support to us.” Shannon becomes SAS’ second destination in Ireland after Dublin, which it links to Arlanda, as well as Copenhagen and Oslo Gardermoen, offering a total of 29 weekly flights this summer. Along with launching flights to Shannon this week, SAS has also increased its presence in Pristina (PRN), beginning flights to the Kosovo capital from Arlanda and Oslo Gardermoen (OSL). Flights from the Swedish capital commenced on 1 August, with Norwegian capital services starting on 4 August. SAS will offer eight scheduled flights (last flight 26 August) from Arlanda on a mixture of its 737s and A320s, while Gardermoen will be served by nine flights (last flight 2 September). The route from Sweden will not face direct competition, but services from Norway will go head-to-head with Norwegian which serves the route weekly (Saturdays). SAS already links Pristina seasonally to Copenhagen and Gothenburg. See how Shannon Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.