A new Ryanair service between Shannon in Ireland and Bristol in the UK’s South West will bring connectivity between the two cities to an all-time high.
The low-fare Irish carrier already operates flights to Dublin, Cork and Knock from Bristol and the twice-weekly service to Ireland’s third busiest airport will take the total number of flights from Bristol per week to more than 100.
Commenting on the new service from Bristol, Nigel Scott, Bristol Airport’s business development director, said:
“Frequent flights between Bristol and Ireland help foster strong links for business and tourism, which is why Ryanair’s new Shannon service is such great news. Shannon is a convenient gateway from which to explore Ireland’s South West, just as Bristol Airport is the ideal starting point for Irish visitors to the South West England and South Wales.”
Air links between Bristol and Ireland date back to 1936, when Aer Lingus operated its very first international route from Dublin to the city’s airport. As well as catering for business travellers, the links also support significant two-way tourism.
Ireland is Bristol’s fifth biggest market for overseas visitors according to the International Passenger Survey. In the first three quarters of 2017, Irish visitors to the South West of the UK spent a total of £29.86m.