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Monday, January 11, 2016

Shannon Airport - Restored Flights

Aer Lingus Regional has announced its intention is to restore flights to Edinburgh from March next year.

The new service, which will be operated for Aer Lingus Regional by Stobart Air, will see six flights weekly operate year-round from 28 March between Shannon and the Scottish capital, which is the second most popular tourism city in the UK after London.
It will generate an extra 35,000 in seat capacity for Shannon in 2016, rising to 45,000 per annum from 2017.
Shannon Group CEO Neil Pakey said the airport was seeking to add to their existing schedule of services.
 “Edinburgh has been one of the services at the top of our list and Aer Lingus Regional’s announcement that it is to restore the service next year is really good news for Shannon and our passengers.
“Edinburgh has proven a hugely popular service here in the past and in terms of feedback from the public, it is one of the routes we had most requests for over the past number of months,” he added.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Airport - Boarding Cards

Airports - Passengers not obliged to show boarding cards in airport shops. Industry sources warn prices may rise if boarding cards are not shown

Retailers operating in Dubin Airport have said consumers do not have to show boarding passes when making purchases but sources say a widespread failure to produce them would ultimately lead to prices rising.

WH Smith, which operates several concessions in the airport, said boarding passes “were requested from customers and not demanded” and there was no obligation on the part of consumers to comply with the request.

Similarly the DAA, the company that manages the shops at Dublin and Cork airports, said it asked all customers for boarding passes but would only insist they were produced when customers were attempting to buy duty-free products such as tobacco and alcohol.

A DAA spokesman said passengers were routinely asked for boarding cards and if they refused, they were asked to supply an end destination. If they refused to provide this, the sale could still be processed as long as the products were not in the duty-free category.

The retailers were responding as a controversy grows in the UK over reports that many retailers who operate in international airports are maximising their profits by scanning boarding passes and using the information to claim VAT back from passengers who travel outside of the EU while refusing to pass rebates back to customers.

Under EU law retailers can claim back VAT on sales to those leaving the EU but they have to process boarding cards in order to claim it.

Around 20 per cent of passengers who fly through Dublin Airport are travelling to destinations outside the EU. However with the exception of duty-free areas, the savings are not passed directly on to them.

Airport sources in Ireland said that if this consumer movement gathered momentum in the Republic than prices would inevitably climb.

“If a large number of VAT rebates could not be processed then that would hit retailers profits and their ability to pass on savings to consumers. So ultimately it would see charges rise for all passengers.”

The DAA said shops run by its subsidiary Aer Rianta International (ARI) “offer a single price to all customers across many product categories, whether they are travelling to a duty paid or to a duty-free destination. In this way, we pass on VAT savings for duty-free passengers to all of our customers.”

It said it had two separate prices for alcohol products – duty paid and duty free – and also sells premium liquor brands at a reduced, fixed price for travellers to all destinations. It claimed that prices on many product ranges were as much as 20 per cent below those charged in non-airport shops.

“Boarding cards are scanned by ARI for a number of reasons. These include checking whether a passenger is travelling to a duty-free or duty-paid destination and understanding passenger spending patterns,” it said. “We use this information in conjunction with other market research to improve the retail offer in our stores, and to help plan staffing levels.”

When contacted by The Irish Times WH Smith said that boarding passes were requested from passengers but not demanded. “Any [VAT] relief obtained is reflected in our single price and extensive promotional offers provided to all of our customers,” it said. “Operational and financial system constraints make any form of ‘dual pricing’ for our extensive product file a practical impossibility.”

Meanwhile, the Competition and Consumers Protection Commission has urged retailers operating in Irish airports “to be very clear with their customers as to the circumstances where they collect VAT on behalf of the State or where VAT is not charged”.

A spokeswoman also said “consumers should also be advised of the reasons why boarding cards are requested when making purchases in Irish airports. This information will allow consumers to make an informed decision and decide if they wish to make purchases from the retailers operating in Irish airports.”


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Shannon Airport - Group Plc to stimulate growth

The Shannon Group plc has today been established by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe, TD. The new company will be a key conduit for growth across the West of Ireland and beyond, its Chairman Rose Hynes stated.

Welcoming the announcement by Minister Donohoe, Ms Hynes said that the four strategic business units that make up the Shannon Group will co-exist within the Group elevating the business into a single entity of significant regional and national importance.

The Shannon Group plc brings together:

    Shannon Airport, the only airport on the Atlantic seaboard serving all three key markets – the US, UK and Europe - and which has already achieved significant growth following its establishment as an independent company in January 2013.
    Shannon Commercial Enterprises Limited, trading as Shannon Commercial Properties, which includes the Shannon Free Zone and a significant property portfolio across the Shannon region
    One of Ireland’s largest visitor experience operators Shannon Heritage, complete with six castles and various other day and evening visitor attractions.
    The International Aviation Services Centre (IASC), which builds on the activities of over 40 existing aviation companies already located in the region.

Shannon Airport - To Mongolia and Back

Three Limerick men returned to Shannon Airport at the weekend to heroes welcomes after they raised enough money in their 16,000km rally on motorcycle from London to Mongolia to keep a local pre-school for the deaf open next year.

Brothers Kevin (29) and Aran (28) Power from Ballybrown and their brother-in-law Stephen Allen (31) from Pallaskenry said they felt like they had been to a different planet and back after a trip that literally had it all.

The trio crossed 17 countries in 40 days, had to purchase a replacement bike in Hungary, endured temperatures of up to 48 degrees Celsius, camped in the wilderness where dangerous wildlife roam and were even made guests of honour at a local wedding in an Uzbekistan village.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Shannon Airport - Traffic soars

Shannon Airports year has taken-off emphatically with the 16 service enhancements, including nine new Ryanair routes, for the summer season resulting in a 15% increase in the first half of the year in terminal passenger numbers, latest statistics show.

A break-down of figures revealed at a joint Shannon Airport-Ryanair Travel Clinic in Bunratty to promote the airline’s winter schedule, complete with five additional services on last year’s schedule, shows that passenger numbers on European routes have enjoyed a 54% uplift in the year to date.

The bulk of the increase has been driven by the nine new services - to Munich, Paris, Faro, Warsaw, Krakow, Nice, Poitiers, Berlin, Fuerteventura - launched by Ryanair in April.  Overall, passenger numbers through the Shannon terminal in the first six months of the year were 653,894, up from 568,133 in the same period last year.

Shannon Airport - Bill Passed

THE FINAL step in creating the new group which will merge Shannon Airport and the former Shannon Development has been take.

The ‘Shannon Bill’ was passed by the Seanad, having earlier been voted through the Dáil.
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The Bill will pave the way for formally establishing the Shannon Group, which will combine the now independent Shannon Airport with the property ownership and management activities of Shannon Commercial Enterprises Limited, as well as Shannon Heritage and the International Aviation Services Centre (IASC), which builds on the aviation related activities already located at the Airport and in the Shannon Free Zone area.

Said Shannon Airport Chairman Rose Hynes, “The passing of the Shannon Bill by both Houses of the Oireachtas are essential steps along the way to the creation of the Shannon Group plc. We warmly welcome this and look forward to the Bill being enacted into law by President Higgins.
Newly appointed Shannon Airport chief executive, Neil Pakey
“The separation of Shannon Airport in January of last year was the first of two key phases in the creation of the Shannon Group plc. Our success in stemming five years of successive passenger decline at the airport in 2013 and moving very much into growth mode this year signals the ambition and drive that will be brought to bear at the new Shannon Group.”

Said Shannon CEO Neil Pakey, “The passing of the legislation brings the creation of the Shannon Group plc ever closer. The structures and executive team are already in place so we are very much in a state of readiness to hit the ground running once the dynamic new Group is formally established.

“We look forward to the exciting challenge ahead of making the Group, with Shannon Airport at its core, a catalyst for growth for the wider region.”

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Shannon Airport - Award

Shannon Airport has received further prestigious recognition for the strides made in the 18 months since it achieved independence as it claimed one of the top honours at the inaugural Irish Aviation Industry Awards this week.

Shannon claimed the very first Airport Achievement Award at the aviation awards, sponsored by the Irish Aviation Authority, ceremony in Dublin.  The award is in recognition of the airport’s impressive start to life as an independent entity.

This award is in addition to Shannon Airport being Highly Commended at the Routes Europe Airport Marketing Awards in April and last October’s World Routes Awards – it was the only Irish airport shortlisted in either.  Almost 600 people, including Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, TD, attended the Aviation Industry Awards, which were established to recognise excellence in the Irish aviation.  Ireland is one of the world’s leading nations in aviation and the sector today employs 26,000 people directly in Ireland.

In all, more than 120 entries were submitted for the awards by over 70 leading companies, from airlines to lessors and maintenance operators.  The categories included best in the fields of Airports, Air Operators, Leasing Achievements, Education & Training, Innovation, Environment and Safety.

Speaking after the awards, Airport Chairman Rose Hynes said that Shannon’s success in winning the Airport Achievement Award was a tremendous endorsement of the hard work and commitment of management and staff since the Airport became an independent entity in January of last year.   “It is early stages yet with the overall Shannon project and we have a lot of work to do but we have made a really good start to life as an independent entity.   “Shannon is a different place today than it was over 18 months ago as the ‘can-do’ attitude that typified the airport over the decades is back.  This award is deserved acknowledgement, in particular, for the efforts of management and staff at Shannon in starting to turn this airport around.”

Speaking at the awards, Irish Aviation Authority Chief Executive Eamonn Brennan said that the awards reflected the sheer scale of the industry in Ireland.  “These award winners are exceptional people doing exceptional work every day to enhance the Irish aviation sector, which punches well above its weight on the global stage.”

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Shannon Airport - Ryanair Winter Schedule

Ryanair have announced that they will continue with their routes from Shannon to Paris, Berlin, Fuerteventura, Warsaw and Krakow throughout the winter. The news is another boost to the airport and will lead to increase passengers numbers throughout the slow winter season.
It is also good news for Clare travellers and holiday makers who will now have the option of flying to the five destinations, as well as Ryanair such as Gatwick, Lanzarote, Liverpool, Stansted and Wroclaw, throughout the winter months.Shannon airport. David Crimmins
“This is a very important commitment by Ryanair to its Shannon schedule. We are already experiencing a significant upswing in summer passenger numbers thanks to the airline’s nine new routes, which started at the beginning of April,” said Shannon Airport CEO Neil Pakey.
“A major objective of ours after securing those new summer services was to bolster the winter season and this is a significant move in that regard.”

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Shannon Airport - World Free Zones

The birthplace of duty free zones, Shannon Airport, has today scored another remarkable first as its Chairperson Rose Hynes was named as one of the founding board members of the World Free Zones Organisation at its launch in Dubai.

Ms Hynes also takes a key role in the new organisation as its founding Treasurer.

The inaugural board gathered today at the Jumeirah Emirates Tower Hotel in Dubai for the launch of the influential new body by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.  Shannon is one of only two European free zones on the inaugural board, along with Barcelona.
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Speaking from Dubai, Ms Hynes said that the launch was another prestigious moment and one that offers great opportunity and promise for the Shannon Free Zone.  “The Shannon Free Zone, as the first free zone in the world, has been replicated as a concept the world over in the 55 years since it was founded.  It is an honour to be a member of the founding board of the World Free Zones Organisation and this shows how much Shannon continues to resonate at the highest level internationally.

“We are in great company as this organisation brings leading Free Zone expertise together from around the world.  It will promote an exchange of ideas and business connections and will facilitate trade. Undoubtedly Shannon and Ireland will benefit from that. Being a member of the founding board positions Shannon excellently to take advantage of what is a unique networking opportunity at a very high level.”

Free Zones, of which Shannon was the world’s first in 1959, are areas with special incentives or attractions for new industries, especially export-oriented industries. The World Free Zones Organization (World FZO) is a new non-profit entity bringing together free zones and Special Economic Zones around the world to offer global leadership on the subject of free zones, provide a range of services for its members, and increase awareness of the role of free zones in economic and social development and foreign direct investment.

World FZO, which is open to all member nations of the United Nations, comprises representatives of established free zones as well as local, regional and international free zone associations from across the world. The official office holders on the board of directors, which were announced during the press conference, include Dr. Mohammed Alzarooni (UAE) as Chairperson, Mr. Luis Pellerano (Dominican Republic) as Vice Chairperson, Mr. P.C. Nambiar (India) as Secretary and Ms. Hynes  as Treasurer.

During the launch, Chairperson Dr. Mohammed Alzarooni said: “The World Free Zones Organization, which we are excited to be launching today, will promote a spirit of collaboration, dialogue and guidance. It will provide help to nations that can benefit from the free zone model and whose economies require foreign direct investment in order to build strong, robust and diverse economies for the future.

“The creation of such an organization would not be possible without the inspired leadership and vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. It is his vision that led us to establish the first ever multilateral organization grown out of Dubai.”

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Shannon Airport - Group Bill

LEGISLATION setting up the Shannon Group and the drive to make Shannon an international cluster for aviation industry could be enacted before the Dail breaks up for the summer, according to the Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar.

The cabinet has approved the State Airports (Shannon Group) Bill and the legislation is currently at the printers before its introduction in the Oireachtas in the coming weeks.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Shannon Airport - Spanish Services

Shannon Airport and the Spanish Tourist Board have today jointly launched the airports summer season schedule to Spain, complete with a 38% increase in capacity. In all Shannon will have services to seven Spanish destinations this year – Alicante, Malaga, Palma, Reus, Lanzarote, Tenerife and Fuerteventura – on services operated by scheduled carriers Aer Lingus and Ryanair, with both Falcon Holidays and Sunway also operating charter flights.
Included in the seven are two new services - Ryanair on Fuerteventura and Aer Lingus with its new Malaga service, contributing to the availability of 880 flights and 156,000 seats between Shannon and Spain. This is an increase of over 200 extras flights and 36,000 additional seats during the peak summer season when compared to last year.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Shannon Airport - Friends Group

THE managing director of Shannon Airport, Neil Pakey, wants to set up a Friends of the Airport community support group.
Addressing Limerick City Council’s transport committee, Mr Pakey said there is a clear demand for a group to be set up to promote the need for Shannon Airport, and encourage preservation and development.
At his previous job, Mr Pakey had a strong relationship with the Friends of Liverpool Airport group, and will invite them over to Shannon in the next month to help get started.Shannon Airport Authority Chief Executive Officer Neil Pakey
“The one thing that has struck me more than anything is the sense of loyalty people have to the airport. It is deep rooted. There is clearly a demand for a ‘friends of Shannon Airport,” he told councillors.
Members of the group in Liverpool organise educational tours of the airport for schools and colleges, and give presentations on its history to the public.


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Monday, March 3, 2014

Shannon Airport - Wild Atlantic Way

The Chief Executive of Shannon Airport, Neil Pakey, has said that the Wild Atlantic Way project has the potential in time to deliver for Atlantic coast counties on an ongoing basis what the Gathering did for the entire nation last year.

Welcoming the launch of the project today by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring T.D.,  Mr Pakey said that the Wild Atlantic Way will be a significant boon for tourism in the region.

“The Wild Atlantic Way is one of the smartest things that any tourism body across Europe has done for a long time.  It’s a game changing initiative and will give the type of fresh impetus to the tourism industry along the route on an annual basis that the Gathering did for the nation last year.

“Having not just the longest touring route in the world but one that brings tourists through some of the most scenic and unique locations in the world, is a massive advantage for the region.  It is essential to have this type of competitive edge because we compete here with every other region across the UK, Europe and further afield when it comes to tourism.

“Shannon Airport is in the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way and the only international airport that has services to all of our three biggest markets, Europe, the UK and US.  As a result we have a significant part to play in making sure that the Wild Atlantic Way visitor experience is a premium one from beginning to end and intend to do that.

“The launch of the project is also timely as we are about to launch our summer season, which this year will see eight new destinations into Europe.  That means eight new markets for the Wild Atlantic Way to be promoted in.”

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Shannon Airport - Profits Recorded

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar said that the independent Shannon Airport has exceeded his expectations to record a profit in its first year of operation.

The airport was formally separated from the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) in January last year and recorded a marginal increase in passenger numbers to 1.4 million in its first 12 months as an independent entity, following five years of decline.

Shannon Group plc chairwoman Rose Hynes said: “The airport has paid its own way since separation. Absolutely, no doubt about it.”

Mr Varadkar admitted he did not think the airport would be profitable in year one. “I thought it would take three years for that to happen,” he said.
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Meanwhile, all sides in the dispute that threatens to close the Republic’s three main airports remained hopeful a proposal that could avert a strike would still emerge by the weekend.

Siptu members in Cork Dublin and Shannon Airports and Aer Lingus voted for industrial action this week as the row over the €780 million deficit in their pension pot dragged on.

There were hopes that the trustees of the Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme would publish a proposal likely to point the way out of the deadlock yesterday, but this did not materialise. However, sources suggested there was still a possibility it could happen by the weekend.


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Monday, February 10, 2014

Shannon Airport - New Routes

Shannon Airport received a significant boost this morning as Aer Lingus announced the introduction of a daily, year-round service between Shannon and Boston. Touted as one of the “key aspects of Aer Lingus’ renewed commitment to Shannon Airport,” the airline is also set to operate a six-times weekly, year-round JFK New York service from March 30, 2014.
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The enhanced Boston and New York services will see Aer Lingus this year operate 13 weekly transatlantic flights compared to seven last year, a 24 per cent increase in capacity. Passengers on US services from Shannon have the added bonus of pre-clearing US customs, immigration and agriculture on the Irish side, saving them considerable time on arrival in the US. Shannon, in 2009, became the first airport outside the North Americas to have US pre-clearance.

The airline didn’t stop there, also announcing the commencement of a new Malaga service at the end of April and, through its partner Aer Arann, under the Aer Lingus Regional service it will also operate a new Bristol route this summer as well as almost double capacity on Manchester and Birmingham services.

Shannon Airport Chairman Rose Hynes said it is a strong vote of confidence in the airport and wider region. “We have a
transatlantic catchment at Shannon that goes from Cork right up to the North-West.  Within that region there is very significant demand for both business and tourism connections into both Boston and New York. This is the first time since 2009 that Aer Lingus will have operated year-round daily services from Shannon, which is a further reflection of the growth path that the airport is now on.”

Today’s Boston flight was another first at Shannon as it marked Aer Lingus’ inaugural commercial transatlantic flight with the Boeing B757
aircraft.  The airline will base two 757s at Shannon, replacing a single Airbus A330.

The increased frequency also significantly enhances Shannon connectivity to almost 40 cities in North America through Aer Lingus’ partner airline, Jetblue Airways, allowing passengers to connect seamlessly to cities such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Seattle, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Fort Lauderdale, Phoenix, Washington, Orlando and Dallas.

Speaking at the announcement, Neil Pakey, CEO of Shannon Airport, said, “Today is a very important day for us and our passengers as we see not just the return of year-round Aer Lingus transatlantic services for the first time since 2009 at Shannon but also the near doubling of frequencies to Boston and New York.”

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Shannon Airport - French Route

Shannon Airport has today welcomed the announcement of a ninth new Ryanair route for its 2014 summer season after the airline confirmed it will operate twice weekly to Poitiers in west central France.
The new destination, which will commence on April 4th, and adds to Ryanair’s eight other new routes - to Berlin, Paris, Fuerteventura, Warsaw, Faro, Munich, Nice and Krakow  - which were announced in late October for the 2014 summer season at Shannon.  This is also the first time that the popular French city has been on the Shannon schedule.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Shannon Airport - Technology Forum

MORE than 600 students have gathered at Shannon Airport for the first event in the annual Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) forum.

Schools from across Ireland - including a sizeable proportion from Limerick - have taken over the departures area of the airport for a special ‘Young Innovators’ event.

They are being asked to come up with ideas for technological innovations which will be used 50 years from now.

The prizes on offer include a day’s work experience at Dell in Raheen, and various computer gadgets.

The ITLG event was opened by Dr Rose Hynes, chairman of Shannon Airport, and there were also speeches from former Intel boss Craig Barrett, and Corbally businessman John Hartnett, founders of the ITLG forum which is running the two day event.
'Opening their creative minds': ILTG co-founder John Hartnett
The forum opened with a civic reception at City Hall, and various workshops in the University of Limerick’s Concert Hall. Executives from Dell, Disney, Intel and Google were among others  expected to attend the series of events in UL, LIT and Shannon Airport.

Of the Young Innovator contest, Mr Hartnett explained that secondary pupils will put together presentations on how we will “live, learn, shop, play, and work 50 years from now”.

“I am really excited about this, because getting young kids involved in technology as soon as possible, and opening their creative minds at an early stage is crucial,” he said.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Shannon Airport - Margaretta Darcy

The wife of Irish president Michael D Higgins has visited a 79-year-old peace activist who is being held in prison.
Margaretta D'Arcy was jailed last week for refusing to sign a bond to keep the peace and stay away from unauthorised zones at Shannon Airport.

Sabina Higgins has been friends with Ms D'Arcy for many years and is understood to have visited her in Limerick Prison on Sunday.

Aras an Uachtarain last night confirmed that Mrs Higgins had undertaken the visit in a "private and personal" capacity.
Irish president Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina Higgins
Ms D'Arcy, who is a member of arts group Aosdana, is suffering from Parkinson's disease and has been diagnosed with cancer.

She had received a three-month suspended prison sentence in December for illegal incursion of the runway at Shannon Airport on October 7, 2012, in protest at the use of the airport by the US military.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Shannon Airport - Jenny Lauren visits

A NIECE of fashion icon Ralph Lauren has denied getting drunk and assaulting a flight attendant before the plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Shannon, despite pleading guilty to the offence just a week ago.
Jenny Lauren (41) has spoken out for the first time since her appearance in Ennis District Court last week and has accused the airline of lying about what happened.
During her court appearance, Jenny Lauren admitted verbally abusing several members of the Delta Airline cabin crew and pushing one member of staff up against the aircraft wall.
“What Delta has said has been almost all lies,” she told the New York Post’s Page Six show-business column.

Shannon Airport - Cargo and Logistics

In the 1930s, aviator Charles Lindbergh designated Shannon, Ireland, as a strategic transatlantic location. Shannon Airport opened the first-ever duty free shop, the first tax-free industrial zone in the world and the first full U.S. Customs & Border Protection passenger preclearance in Europe.

Though the airport has served as a passenger transit stop for many decades, it is now putting a greater focus on freight, with a goal to grow its cargo activity and become a well-known transit stop.

“We welcome cargo activity,” says Joe Buckley, cargo & technical traffic business development manager at Shannon Airport. “A lot of airports aren’t as interested in cargo activity because there’s such pressure on passengers and passenger activities. Cargo becomes a secondary activity.”

Shannon Airport became independent from the Dublin Airport Authority in January 2013. Until then, DAA had held responsibility for Ireland’s three largest airports: Dublin, Cork and Shannon. But because Dublin so overshadowed Shannon in size, Shannon struggled as part of the organization, Patrick Edmond, group strategy director at Shannon Airport, explains.

“The Irish government identified an opportunity for Shannon to be at the forefront of Irish aviation policy because Ireland, for example, is very, very well-established as a jurisdiction for leasing and for air finance,” Edmond says. “About half of all the leased commercial aircraft in the world are actually managed from Ireland, and a very large number of those are managed from Shannon.”

After the airport gained its independence, it concentrated on the collection of aviation companies surrounding it. The Shannon Airport Authority’s International Aviation Services Centre (IASC) combines the airport, the adjacent industrial park and the nearby businesses. It was established in January 2013, the same time Shannon Airport became independent.

About 40 companies are in this Shannon aerospace cluster, with 1,600 employees and counting.

“What we are doing is building on the existing strengths in leasing, in MRO, in support services for airlines and in corporate aviation,” says Edmond, who also serves as IASC’s managing director. “We are attracting more companies in to build out that cluster further.”

Freight lanes from the Middle East, Central Asia and China going to the U.S. and the rest of the Americas are busy. Shannon is right in the middle, an ideal spot for a technical and transit stop.

At the end of December 2013, Shannon Airport welcomed Cathay Pacific’s B747-8 freighter on that aircraft model’s maiden flight to Ireland. The plane came from Sydney via Hong Kong and Dubai.

Shannon also sees scope for expansion in the local export industry, Edmond says. The U.S. has a robust financial relationship with Ireland. U.S. companies have US$204 billion (150 billion euros) in foreign direct investment in the European country, according to the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland.

“A lot of that investment goes into high-tech companies and goes into, for example, pharmaceutical manufacturing, high-tech equipment manufacturing – things that are very related to air cargo,” Edmond says.

He says 40 percent of all U.S.-direct investment is in the Shannon area.

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