Shannon Airport has secured its first new airline service since becoming independent of the Dublin Airport Authority on 1 January.

A new year-round service to Glasgow with the regional airline Flybe operating three times a week will start on 2 May.

The route is expected to generate over 10,000 additional passengers to the airport this year.

Shannon Airport Managing Director Mary Considine said it delivers a new route and a new airline to Shannon, and it will be supported by a strong marketing campaign to attract passengers.

The airport will be working with Flybe to expand its services further with Shannon in keeping with its strategy of developing a strong mix of airlines with a range of viable and sustainable services.

The new service will bring to 32 the number of routes that will be serviced by Shannon this summer, including new services to Chicago, Philadelphia and Faro in Portugal.