United Airlines will operate five flights per week between Shannon Airport and O'Hare International Airport until August 27th.

“We are pleased to provide United customers with nonstop access to Chicago from the west coast of Ireland for the first time,” said James Mueller, United’s Vice President Atlantic & Pacific Sales.

“Having operated our Shannon-New York/Newark service successfully for 15 years, this new route will further benefit our customers in Ireland, offering faster access to one of the United States’ most popular business and tourism destinations as well as increased travel options throughout the Americas.”

Rose Hynes, Chairperson of Shannon Airport, said: “Passengers can now avoid unnecessary transit times by flying directly into and out of the [Chicago] region itself through Shannon Airport. Outbound passengers will also have the advantage of clearing Customs and Border Protection services at Shannon, which will also save them significant time on arrival in the US. No other country in Europe has an airport with this facility.”

The Shannon-Chicago flight, UA67, departs Shannon daily (except Wednesday and Thursday) at 11:00 a.m., arriving in Chicago at 1:05 p.m. the same day.

The return flight, UA66, departs Chicago daily (except Tuesday and Wednesday) at 6:05 p.m., arriving in Shannon at 7:35 a.m. the following day (all times local). Journey times are 8 hours 5 minutes westbound and 7 hours 30 minutes eastbound.