Shannon airport is one of Ireland’s premier airports, now serving around 1.75 million passengers each year. Along with Dublin and Cork, Shannon has become a major hub for Irish holidaymakers looking to escape for a quick blast of sunshine or a cultural Mediterranean holiday. Boasting departures to every corner of the world, first-rate shopping and lounge facilities, not to mention the home of the original Irish Coffee, Shannon wins points for comfort and accessibility in our book! Read on to find out why you should arrange your holidays from Shannon airport this year…
Around 25kilometres from Limerick City and connected by shuttle bus from Limerick railway station, Shannon airport is a prime location for both residents of Ireland and those who are visiting King John’s Castle and other attractions around County Limerick. You can also reach the airport by road, via the AN7, N18, N20, N21 and N248, or Bus Eireann operates from major cities across the country, going to and from Kerry and Galway in addition to Dublin and Cork.
Favourite destinations from your doorstep
The best thing about holidays from Shannon is that you get your pick of popular Mediterranean destinations such as the Balearics, Canary Islands and mainland Spain. So if you fancy checking out Majorca and its historic capital of Palma, or experiencing the black-sand plains of Lanzarote for yourself, flights depart from Shannon from May to October this year. Alternatively, you could be enjoying the legendary beaches of the Costa Dorada – or Golden Coast – within the space of a few hours, and all from an airport practically down the road!
Shannon airport has just one terminal, meaning it’s easy to navigate and you don’t have to worry about transfers or risk missing that all-important flight! In fact, Shannon is fully equipped with all the shopping, dining and lounge amenities you would expect from a large international airport.
Duty-free shopping was actually invented at Shannon airport in 1947, when the world’s first duty-free shop was just a kiosk served by one person! Of course, things have moved on and the airport’s retail outlets now include The Loop, an extensive luxury goods, confectionary and liquor store, as well as the Glen Aran Irish Markets for local goods.
If you really want to chill out in style before you head off, you can pre-book one of the airport lounges and experience first-class treatment, including free snacks, drinks and a little peace and quiet away from the queues! Perfect if you’ve got an early flight or a few hours to kill.
Fuel up before you fly
Eating and drinking is a pleasure at Shannon airport: The Atlantic Coffee Co., The Limestone Café, The Segafredo all take care of passengers wanting a light snack or coffee before their trip. For those needing something more substantial, there’s also the famous Sheridan Food Pub, named after Joe Sheridan, who invented the first Irish Coffee in 1943 and was once a chef at Shannon airport. The original recipe is still served here!
So there’s no need to trek to Dublin or even London if you’re hankering after some southern sunshine: Shannon airport makes a great, hassle-free gateway to holidays from Ireland. Check out the upcoming holidays packages from Shannon airport on the Falcon website and bring your holiday that little bit closer this year!