Transatlantic flights have resumed at Shannon Airport for the first time in almost two years, after services were decimated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
A daily Aer Lingus service to Boston took off this afternoon, while the New York service from Shannon resumes tomorrow.
Today marks the first transatlantic flight between the Mid-West of Ireland and the USA since March 21, 2020, following the US travel ban during the height of the pandemic.
Shannon Airport said today's journey to Boston for passenters was made easier by the recent introduction of a new security screening system which halves time spent in this area and eliminates the 100 ml only rule.
Shannon is the only state airport in Ireland to operate this new technology.
Mary Considine, CEO of Shannon Group, said the links between the US and the West of Ireland are a huge part of Shannon's story.
"We are delighted to be here today to mark another milestone in the airport's recovery with the re-establishment of crucial US air links that were suspended as a result of the pandemic," she said.
"The restoration of these daily vital US services will be a welcome boost for the West of Ireland economy and will see loved ones and business communities reconnected," she added.