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Bank Holiday travel in Limerick is back on track despite rail service disruption

Turin is one of the new destinations included in Shannon Airport’s winter timetable which kicks off this weekend.

IT WILL be a case of buses and planes but no trains this weekend as thousands in Limerick take advantage of the October bank holiday for a long post-pandemic Halloween break.

Due to a series of track and signaling works, Iarnród Éireann has canceled direct train services between Limerick and Dublin Heuston from Saturday to Monday.

Journeys between Limerick and Dublin Heuston, involving a change at Limerick Junction, will have bus transfers between Thurles and Kildare, in both directions.

Customers are advised to check timetables before travel for changes on www.irishrail.ie or the Iarnród Éireann app, and book intercity travel in advance on www.irishrail.ie

Meanwhile, there will be more than witches and broomsticks in the skies over Shannon this weekend, as the airport welcomes 33,000 passengers over the Halloween holiday.

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This represents a 91% rebound in passenger numbers from the same period in 2019 and comes as the airport’s winter schedule begins on Sunday.

This will feature 96 weekly flights, serving 23 destinations in 11 countries, giving passengers a mix of sun, ski and city break destinations to choose from.

Holidaymakers can now continue their adventures to Malta and Marseille as Ryanair has decided to expand these two new passenger favourites, from seasonal to year-round.

Shannon’s winter schedule also sees the return of the popular Italian ski destination to Turin.

Shannon Airport Group chief executive Mary Considine said there has been strong pent-up demand for travel this year as the airport sees weekly winter departures increase by 20% compared to the winter season of 2019.

“We are now offering more choice to our passengers with increased frequencies to some of our popular destinations such as Birmingham, Krakow and Wroclaw compared to 2019.

“Due to their success, we are also delighted to see Marseille and Malta operating year-round. On top of that we have our recently launched service to Paris with new carrier Vueling as well as daily services to the US and six daily flights to London.