Image: Shannon Airport 

Newly independent Shannon Airport intends to increase transatlantic traffic from 350,000 last year to 500,000 passengers by 2015 building upon the 22% increase in traffic expected this summer as Aer Lingus and Delta Airlines resumes seasonal routes and new routes are launched by US Airways to Philadelphia and United Airlines to Chicago.

Shannon Airport is well place for transatlantic growth with available terminal capacity and US CBP facilities, by growing business from existing customer base and the introduction of new technology aircraft the Airbus A321Neo and Boeing 737 Max will open up new transatlantic city pair opportunities from 2015-2017.

Shannon Airport handled 1,394,781 passengers in 2012 down 230,672 from 1,625,453 in 2011.

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