United Airlines Announces New Daily Nonstop Seasonal Service from Shannon to Chicago

New seasonal service builds on United’s existing seasonal service to New York/Newark
United is the only U.S. airline to offer direct flights from Shannon

SHANNON, 12 October 2022 – United Airlines today announced a new daily nonstop seasonal service between Shannon Airport and its hometown hub at Chicago O’Hare, starting 26 May 2023. The new service marks United’s return to this route which the airline previously served up until 2017. United will be the only U.S. airline to offer direct flights to Shannon.

United’s new flight to Chicago builds on existing nonstop daily seasonal service from Shannon to New York/Newark, set to return on 8 April 2023, daily year-round service from Dublin to New York/Newark (twice daily during the summer season) and to Washington D.C., as well as daily seasonal services between Dublin and Chicago.

“As the only U.S. airline to offer direct flights from Shannon, we are excited to announce this further expansion of our route network from Ireland to the U.S.,” said Martina Coogan, United Country Sales Manager Ireland. “We expect another busy summer for international travel in 2023 and are proud to build on our industry-leading global network to offer our customers in the west of Ireland even greater travel choice and the possibility to connect via our U.S. hubs to other destinations across the Americas.”

Welcoming the news Mary Considine, CEO, The Shannon Airport Group said: “Today’s announcement by United Airlines that they plan to expand their network at Shannon with a new daily service between Shannon Airport and its hub at Chicago O’Hare airport next year is fantastic news for our customers and for our staff at The Shannon Airport Group. Chicago is a really important U.S. gateway and is a positive addition to our U.S. services.

“Over the years Shannon has performed strongly supporting the local economy with flights to and from North America, boosting tourism and benefitting the business community. Our aviation development team have been working hard over the last few years to secure the return of this popular service.

“With our U.S. preclearance facilities, passengers flying from Shannon can arrive in the U.S. as domestic passengers, saving them considerable time. This, combined with our new security screening system will cut the journey time for passengers and delivers on our promise to make it easy for them.

“This announcement is proof that United Airlines sees further opportunities for growth at Shannon and we look forward to working closely with them on delivering those extra passengers,” said Ms Considine.

The new route from Shannon demonstrates United’s transatlantic leadership among U.S. airlines. Announced today, the airline’s 2023 summer schedule includes adding flights to three cities – Malaga, Spain; Stockholm, Sweden and Dubai, UAE – as well as six more flights to some of the most popular destinations in Europe: Rome, Paris, Barcelona, London, Berlin and Shannon. In total, United will fly to 37 cities in Europe, Africa, India and the Middle East next summer, more destinations than all other U.S. airlines combined. The new routes are subject to government approval.

United saw historic levels of demand for travel to Europe in the summer peak, up 20 per cent compared to 2019, and is focused on developing its network to serve continued demand strength.

Along with adding new flights, United will fly nine routes it added last summer, including direct flights between New York/Newark and Nice; Denver and Munich; Boston and London Heathrow; Chicago/O’Hare and Zurich; and Chicago/O’Hare and Milan, as well as flights to four destinations not served by any other North American airline – Amman, Jordan; Azores, Portugal; Palma de Mallorca, Spain and Tenerife, Spain.

Shannon (SNN) – Chicago (ORD)

Flight From To Depart Arrive Frequency Aircraft Dates of Operation 
UA 289 SNN ORD 09:30 11:45 Daily Boeing 757-200 26 May to 28 Sep 2023
UA 288 ORD SNN 18:20 7:30 +1 Daily Boeing 757-200 25 May to 27 Sep 2023

                                                                               All times are local and are subject to change.

United’s seasonal nonstop service from Shannon to Chicago will be operated with Boeing 757-200 aircraft, featuring a total of 169 seats – 16 flat-bed seats in United PolarisSM business class and 153 in economy, including 45 Economy PlusSM seats with added legroom and increased personal space.

United Polaris business class is a premium travel experience that prioritises relaxation and comfort, featuring quality inflight dining, premium amenity kits and full flat-bed seats.

United in Ireland

United has served Ireland since 1998. In addition to the new seasonal service from Shannon to Chicago, United offers a seasonal service from Shannon to New York/Newark, as well as year-round daily nonstop flights from Dublin to New York/Newark and seasonal nonstop flights from Dublin to Chicago and Washington D.C. All flights are conveniently timed to connect at United’s U.S. hubs with an extensive network of services to destinations throughout the Americas. Customers can book by visiting united.com, calling 017604857 or by contacting their travel agent.


United in Chicago O’Hare

United is the largest carrier operating out of O’Hare International Airport (ORD). The airline currently operates nearly 450 daily flights to over 150 destinations across the United States and around the world from its Chicago hub.

About United

United’s shared purpose is “Connecting People. Uniting the World.” From our U.S. hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., United operates the most comprehensive global route network among North American carriers. United is bringing back our customers’ favourite destinations and adding new ones on its way to becoming the world’s best airline. For more about how to join the United team, please visit www.united.com/careers and more information about the company is at www.united.com. United Airlines Holdings, Inc., the parent company of United Airlines, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol “UAL”.