Aer Lingus has announced two new European routes from Shannon Airport to Paris and Barcelona. 

Aer Lingus said it plans to fly to Charles de Gaulle four times a week from March, and three times a week to Barcelona from May. 

The announcement has been welcomed by Shannon Airport and it is expected the new routes will help return the airport to growth next year.

Shannon Group's chief executive Mary Considine said that the launch of the two new routes and the investment in two new A321LR aircraft at Shannon is evidence of the strong partnership with Aer Lingus. 

"This development is a major advancement in our promise to connect our airport and the West of Ireland to a growing number of global destinations, helping us to make this region a thriving, connected place," she said.

Shannon Group Chairman Rose Hynes said news of the new routes is a really positive announcement for Shannon Airport and the region.  

"Paris Charles de Gaulle and Barcelona are among the top five destinations in Europe. These services will see Shannon grow passengers again in 2020 and sends a very clear message to the market that Shannon is very much open for business," Ms Hynes said.