Shannon Airport has announced it 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; on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, will start on 2May and is expected to generate over 10,000 additional passengers to the airport this year.

Shannon Airport Managing Director Mary Considing 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 management will be working with Flybe to expand its services further with Shannon in keeping with their 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 servced by Shannon this summer, including new services to Chicago, Phildelphia and Faro.