Shannon Airport today published end of year figures for 2014 showing a 17% increase in passenger numbers on 2013.
Passenger numbers increased from 1,400,032 to 1,639,315 last year.
The growth was achieved on the back of 10 new destinations and 16 service enhancements overall in 2014. The biggest growth market was in European services, where nine new destinations delivered a 70% increase (from 251,813 to 427,887).
While these included a number of popular sun destinations which return for 2015, growth on European services also drew high numbers of inbound visitors, thanks to the return of links to Germany (Munich and Berlin) as well new French (Paris and Poitiers) services – markets with traditionally a strong demand for the unique West of Ireland tourism product.
There was also strong growth (10%) across the airport’s five US services (Boston, Chicago, Newark, JFK New York and Philadelphia), building on the increase achieved in the second half of 2013 when the airport enjoyed a 22% uplift in transatlantic passengers.
Shannon’s largest overall market, the UK, continued to recover, achieving a 5% increase in 2014.
The year finished on another monthly high in December with a 7% increase on passenger numbers compared with December 2013. This included a 165% increase on European services.