In the last few moments, Ryanair have announced eight new routes which will operate from Shannon Airport in 2014. These routes, which are expected to open early in the new year, are expected to bring 200,000 extra seats to Shannon Airport in 2014, and an estimated 300,000 each year after that.
The new routes include Berlin, Munich, Paris, Warsaw, Krakow, Faro, Fuerteventura (Canaries) and Nice.
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar (FG), has welcomed today’s announcement which will represent a passenger growth of almost 15 per cent at Shannon Airport next year.
“This announcement of eight new routes by Ryanair is further evidence of the success of the Government’s decision to break up the State airport monopoly, and allow Shannon Airport to compete on its own and cut its own deals,” Minister Varadkar said.
“This is also the first dividend arising from last week’s Budget decision to suspend the €3 travel tax from next April. Winning this commitment from Ryanair to expand services at Shannon is important for the airport and will assist in growing traffic.

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Andrew has been working in the media in the West of Ireland for more than a decade. During that time he has been shortlisted for many national journalism awards, served as a judge for the Choice Music Prize in 2008 and was part of the nominating panel for the Meteor Ireland Music Awards from 2008 to 2011. He holds an MA in Journalism and Public Relation and a BA in English, Sociology and Politics. He is currently working on his debut novel. A selection of his writings, including a number of short stories can be viewed on Where The Rain Falls at Follow Andrew on twitter: @Andrew_CPeople Contact Andrew on

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