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United adds 5 weekly non-stop flights to Shannon, Ireland

Updated: November 5, 2012 11:34AM

It won’t be quite in time for St. Patrick’s Day, but United Airlines on Wednesday announced five weekly non-stop flights from Chicago to Shannon, Ireland beginning March 30.

United will become the only airline to flight non-stop from Chicago to Shannon.

The Chicago-Shannon flight will leave O’Hare Airport five times a week at 6 p.m. and arrive in Shannon at 7:30 a.m. the next day. The return flight will leave Shannon at 11 a.m. and come back to Chicago at 1:05 p.m. the same day.

United will use its Boeing 757-200 aircraft, which seats 169 passengers.

Eastbound flights to Shannon won’t run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, while westbound flights to Chicago won’t operate on Wednesdays and Thursdays, United says.

The airline says passengers flying from Shannon can check in with customs and immigration there and avoid the U.S. Customs line in Chicago.

“Typically when you come from outside of the U.S., you board the plane, get off in Chicago’s Terminal 5 and then go through customs and immigration,” United spokesman Rahsaan Johnson said. “This is one of those cases where in Shannon you do the customs and immigration before you get on the airplane, and by doing that, when the plane arrives in Chicago, you can pull up to any terminal and can step out of the airport and theoretically be in a taxi on your way home.”

The quickened customs process won’t affect travelers flying from Chicago to Shannon. They’ll still have to check in with customs in Ireland, Johnson said.

United also announced a third daily service between Houston and London Heathrow to begin March 30.

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