Ryanair has announced two new routes for Shannon Airport for next summer and also said it would base a third aircraft there.

It said this will add another 30 direct jobs at Shannon.

The new routes are to Béziers in the south of France and Newcastle in the UK.

The new twice weekly Béziers service will run Mondays and Saturdays from March 27 next year, while the new Newcastle service will run three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from March 26.

Ryanair will operate a total of 24 routes and over 180 weekly flights at Shannon Airport next summer, a 60% increase on 2019 pre-pandemic levels.

Mary Considine, the CEO of The Shannon Airport Group, said the addition of two new routes and a third plane based at Shannon shows the airline's continued commitment and is another vote of confidence in the airport.

"Aviation plays a critical role in our economy and serves as a driving force for tourism and business. The results from today's announcement will provide further connectivity for Shannon and the region and highlights the considerable strides Shannon has made since the pandemic," Mary Considine said.

Ryanair's Director of Commercial Jason McGuinness noted that the airline has been operating at Shannon for the past 35 years.

"Efficient operations and competitive airport charges provide the foundation from which Ryanair can deliver long-term traffic growth and increased connectivity," Mr McGuinness said.

"We have worked directly with our partners in Shannon Airport to agree terms which will deliver growth and investment at the airport, including a new €10m maintenance facility, and improved services for those that live, work, or wish to visit the mid-west region of Ireland," he added.