United Airlines has said it plans to resume its daily nonstop seasonal services between Ireland and the United States early next year.

Its service between Dublin and Washington DC is set to resume on 12 February, while its service between Dublin and Chicago will resume on 27 March.

These services are in addition to United's existing daily nonstop year-round service from Dublin to New York/Newark.

"We are delighted to resume our nonstop seasonal services from Ireland to the US," said Martina Coogan, United’s Sales Manager Ireland.

"The return of our seasonal services provides our customers from Ireland with greater travel choice and convenient one-stop connections via our US hub airports to destinations across the Americas," she said.

Meanwhile, there was further good news for Shannon airport this afternoon with confirmation that United Airlines will bring back its daily service to New York's Newark Airport beginning on 27 March next.

Earlier today Aer Lingus announced that its transatlantic services to both JFK New York and Boston will also return next March with 14 flights per week to the USA.

And the airline confirmed also that its Shannon Heathrow service will continue beyond November.

There had been fears the service would run only until the runway upgrade at Cork was completed on 22 November next.

Businesses are however campaigning for extra services on the route, particularly an early morning service.

Welcoming the news, Shannon Group CEO Mary Considine said the restoration of the services is another welcome boost for transatlantic connectivity to the region and the broader West of Ireland.

"It is great to get these strategic routes back which support thousands of jobs across the tourism and industry sectors. Shannon to JFK and Boston are key services, so to see Aer Lingus recommence these routes next year is hugely positive.

"They are essential not just from an inbound and outbound tourism viewpoint, but they are critical also from a business travel perspective. Over 40% of US FDI companies are located within Shannon Airport's catchment and these services very much underpin that investment," she said.

Ms Considine also welcomed the airline's continuation of the vital Heathrow service.

"We are delighted to have the Heathrow service back here already and its continuation is very important to Shannon Airport and the wider region. This is an essential strategic route that provides vital hub connectivity for our entire region."

She added that United Airlines is a highly valued airline partner of Shannon and they're delighted to have this vital transatlantic service restored.

She said its restoration is a vote of confidence by the airline and another major milestone as they continue to rebuild Shannon's airport services and fulfill their role as an economic driver for tourism business and social connectivity as they bounce back from the impact of the pandemic.

Earlier this week Ryanair also announced new European services from Shannon to Fuerteventura, Budapest and Birmingham.