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Shannon to welcome new Stockholm service next year

Image courtesy of Arthur Ellis Photography. Image courtesy of Arthur Ellis Photography.

No, you are not looking at the latest Abba tribute band, but some enthusiastic locals celebrating the news that Shannon Airport will get a new service to Stockholm next year.

Operated by Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), the new twice-weekly seasonal service will operate from August until early early October 2017.

Welcoming the announcement Matthew Thomas, CEO of the Shannon Group says: “This new service will not only have a positive impact for inbound tourism for the West of Ireland, but will also provide valuable business connectivity as people using the service will be able to connect at the SAS hub at Stockholm Arlanda Airport for flights to over 22 destinations.

"The announcement is another first for Shannon and a great boost for the region by one of the world’s major airlines. We are thrilled to welcome SAS to Shannon and we look forward to working with them to ensure the success of the new service.

Speaking of SAS’s commitment to Shannon, Alan Sparling, GSA for SAS in Ireland comments: ‘”SAS are currently celebrating 50 years of non-stop flights into Ireland and can think of no better way to start into a sixth decade than by opening a new route between Shannon and Stockholm.
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"SAS has no doubt there will be a very keen interest and uptake for this new route and we look forward to developing this route into the future.”  

While Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, says: “The announcement of a new SAS flight from Stockholm to Shannon is good news for Irish tourism in 2017 and will certainly expand travel options for Swedish holidaymakers wishing to visit Co Clare and the West of Ireland.

"We look forward to working with SAS and Shannon Airport to maximise the promotion of the new service. As an island destination, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.

"The Nordic Region is an important market for tourism to the island of Ireland, with the latest CSO figures indicating growth of about +3.5% in Nordic visitors to Ireland, for the January to August period.”

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