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United Strengthens Transatlantic Connectivity at Shannon with New Service from Chicago

United is strengthening transatlantic operations at Shannon, Ireland’s Airport with a new seasonal service from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. This route will boost Shannon’s international connection, as the airline also offers a nonstop connection from Newark, N.J.

The airline’s last operation between Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and Shannon was on September 6, 2017. During that summer season, this route carried 24,818 passengers, United operated continuously at Shannon between 2013 – 2017 and offered a five-times-weekly operation.

“Today’s announcement from United Airlines that they plan to expand their network at Shannon with new daily service between Shannon Airport and their hub at Chicago O’Hare Airport next year is fantastic news for our customers and our staff at The Shannon Airport Group,” said Mary Considine, Chief Executive Officer of The Shannon Airport Group.

Flight Itinerary

  • Chicago O’Hare – Shannon Flight UA 288 ORD 18:20 – SNN 07:30+1 daily flights.
  • Shannon – Chicago O’Hare Flight UA 289 SNN 09:30 – ORD 11:45 daily flights.

The route will be operated on Boeing 757-200 aircraft with a capacity of 169 seats in three classes (16 Business Class/45 Economy Plus/108 Economy), the service will start on May 25 and will be available until Sept. 4. By the 2023 summer season, United will offer two daily flights at Shannon and will have a weekly seat offering of 4,732 seats and will be the only foreign carrier to provide transatlantic operations at Shannon.

According to data compiled through Cirium, United will offer 15,190 seats per week between North America and Ireland in 88 operations, making it the third largest operator in this market, behind only Aer Lingus and American Airlines. It will also be the U.S. airline to provide the most destinations and routes to Ireland.

“As the only U.S. airline to offer direct flights from Shannon, we are pleased to announce this new expansion of our route network from Ireland to the U.S.,” said Martina Coogan, United’s Ireland Sales Manager.

“We look forward to another busy summer for international travel in 2023 and are proud to leverage our industry-leading global network to offer our customers in the west of Ireland even more travel options and the ability to connect through our U.S. hubs to other destinations in the Americas,” Coogan added.

United’s schedule for the 2023 summer season:

(Sourced through Cirium, subject to change)


  • Newark: two daily flights on Boeing 757-200s and Boeing 767-400ERs.
  • Washington – Dulles: daily flights on Boeing 757-200.
  • Chicago O’Hare: daily flights on Boeing 757-200.
  • Newark: daily flights on Boeing 757-200.
  • Chicago O’Hare: daily flights on Boeing 757-200.

This article was originally written by Rainer Nieves Dolande for Aviacionline.


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