Shannon Airport is to begin a new twice weekly service to Paris beginning in September, as the airport continues its recovery after the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The new direct service from Shannon to Paris Orly airport will operate on Mondays and Fridays beginning on 12 September.

It will be operated by Vueling Airlines, part of the International Airlines group which also owns Aer Lingus, British Airways and Iberia, Iberia express and Level airlines.

The addition of the new Paris service has been welcomed by both business and tourism interests in the region, as it will give access into a major international European airport, with a wide number of onward international connections.

Shannon Group CEO Mary Considine said the new service is another major boost for inbound and outbound passengers.

Vueling's Chief Commercial Strategy Customer and Network Officer Carolyn Prowse said they were pleased to see a progressive development of their business and to keep expanding the airlines offering across Europe.

The new direct route between Shannon and Paris Orly airport reinforces Vueling's interest in providing a more flexible and varied offer to travellers based in Ireland.

Shannon is one of the first airports here to begin offering a new and more flexible security screening system which eliminates the need to remove liquids, cosmetics and electronics from carry on bags, halving the time required going through security.

Kerry Airport also offers this screening system.