Mozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2132 posts, RR: 14 Posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2661 times:
I just read that CO will increase the number of flights between EWR and SNN this next summer.
What is the business rationale behind that? AFAIK there is no more obligation to stop over in SNN, that is a thing of the past. SNN does not offer many onward connections to Europe. So I take that it is an O&D market.
So what is there at SNN and in the region that makes so many flights worthwhile? Any economic ties to the NYC region? Or is it all US people with Irish ascendants going there on a nostalgia/VFR/looking for their family history?
This is not a smartass question, I sincerely don't know what there is in the Shannon region that attracts that many flights.
BOStonsox From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1952 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2555 times:
Well, first of all, the only US airline thats serves SNN year round is CO from EWR. DL serves it seasonally from JFK (and maybe ATL). EI has BOS and JFK service and AC has YYZ service. So it's mostly VFR. However, I imagine there is some business in the region, as SNN serves the Western part of the island and keep those going to Galway, Limerick, Cork from having to travel IINM three hours to DUB, but it's not a lot.
AmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2718 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2511 times:
SNN acts as the transatlantic gateway for the west of Ireland. Obviously there is money to be made in SNN, otherwise CO, DL and TS would have left as "Open Skies" took effect.
Quoting BOStonsox (Reply 1): Well, first of all, the only US airline thats serves SNN year round is CO from EWR. DL serves it seasonally from JFK (and maybe ATL). EI has BOS and JFK service and AC has YYZ service.
Almost right. These are the current lineup of transatlantic SNN flights:
BOS and NYC are obvious because of the amount of people of Irish/western Irish descent living in these areas, these are used to connect to other airlines and cities too (B6, UA etc.). These services are also used by many businesses in the west of Ireland and Cork, Limerick and Galway.
Also SNN is the only airport outside of the Americas to offer full US Customs and Border Protection clearance so CO, DL, and until recently, US, treat their services to Shannon as domestic flights.