Shannon Airport has recorded a 15% increase in terminal passenger numbers in the first half of the year, according to figures revealed at a joint Shannon Aiport-Ryanair Travel Clinic.

Passenger numbers on European routes have enjoyed a 54% uplift in the year to date.

This was partly driven by nine new Ryanair routes to Munich, Paris, Faro, Warsaw, Krakow, Nice, Poitiers, Berlin and Fuerteventura launched in April. 

Overall, passenger numbers through the Shannon terminal in the first six months of the year were 653,894, up from 568,133 in the same period last year.

 UK passengers are also showing a return to growth with a 5% increase, while transatlantic passengers increased by 11%.

“We are really happy with the passenger numbers so far this year," Shannon Airport's chief commercial officer Andrew Murphy said.   

“We worked hard with our airline partners to secure the new services and there has been a really positive response from the public," Mr Murphy added.