Shannon Group CEO calls for the immediate implementation of the interim Aviation Recovery Taskforce report recommendations

Group calls for the immediate lifting of travel restriction and 14-day Quarantine 

Tuesday 23rd June 2020: Shannon Group CEO, Mary Considine, has called for the immediate lifting of travel restrictions and the 14-day Quarantine period by July 1st as highlighted in the interim draft Aviation Recovery Taskforce report presented today to the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport.

Commenting on the publication of the interim report, the CEO of Shannon Group and Aviation Recovery Taskforce member, Mary Considine, has called for the urgent implementation of all four key recommendations in the report to support the recovery of aviation. The report also includes a recommendation on the adoption of a national code of practice for air safety travel, and the continuation of existing COVID-19 relief measures including the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme to support employment.

Ms Considine said: “The interim report recognises the critical role that airports, including Shannon, play in supporting the regional and national economy and promoting balanced regional development.

“As an island nation, aviation is the lifeline that connects us to the global economy and how quickly we recover as we emerge from this crisis will depend on the recovery of the aviation sector.

“The aviation industry is in crisis and urgently needs immediate Government support to continue to fulfil its role in providing vital air connectivity to regions which underpin business and tourism and help drive the wider national economic recovery,” said Ms. Considine.

The Interim Draft Report published today by the Taskforce for Aviation Recovery is available at

Shannon to resume scheduled passenger operations from the 1st July

New COVID-19 measures being introduced at Shannon Airport

Journey through the airport will be as contactless as possible

Monday 22nd June 2020: Shannon Airport employees are busily readying the airport in preparation for the return of passengers on the 1st July. While the airport remained open for essential services to facilitate cargo, repatriation and emergency flights during the COVID-19 crisis, scheduled passenger services were suspended since the onset of the pandemic.

Shannon Airport is now implementing a series of rigorous new public health measures to protect the health and safety of returning passengers and employees at the airport.

Ryanair is due to recommence 16 services from Shannon Airport starting from the 1st July to the following destinations: Alicante, Barcelona-Reus, Faro, Fuerteventura, Kaunas, Krakow, Lanzarote, London-Gatwick, London-Stansted, Malaga, Manchester, Palma, Tenerife, Warsaw, Wroclaw and Vienna. 

Commenting on the new measures a spokesperson for Shannon Group said: “The health and safety of our passengers and employees is our number one priority. We have remained open throughout the pandemic, facilitating the arrival into Ireland of vital PPE equipment and were proud to do so. Preparations are now underway to ensure that our passengers returning to Shannon Airport can feel confident with the COVID-19 measures we have put in place throughout the airport.

“We are aiming to make the journey from arrival at the airport car park to boarding an airplane as easy and as contactless as possible. Our airline partners have also introduced new health and safety measures and we will continue to work with them to protect passengers through their entire journey.”

“Shannon Airport is a vital national strategic piece of infrastructure that plays an essential part in bringing business people, tourists and cargo to the region. The ability of this region to rebuild in the aftermath of this pandemic is reliant on having a strong airport and we are working to put measures in place to have airport passenger services up and running with health and safety our priority,” said the Spokesperson.

New COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures at the Airport

In as much as is possible, new measures in place, will involve a contactless journey through the airport with minimal touchpoints.

Over 4,000 pieces of COVID-19 signage have been installed on route to the airport and inside the terminal building. Multiple sanitiser dispensers and special hand sanitation stations, along with disinfectant wipes have been installed throughout the airport starting at the entry doors. In addition to its normal cleaning services, the airport has introduced specialised COVID-19 deep cleaning and sanitisation services. Shannon Airport strongly recommends that all passengers bring and wear a face covering when inside the airport terminal building.

Protective glass screens have been erected at key customer facing areas throughout the terminal building including at check-in, all customer service desks, security screening areas, retail and at boarding gates.

The two-metre social distancing guidelines have been implemented throughout with floor signage. Public seating has been reconfigured to ensure observation of the two-metre protocol with stickers on seats which will be left vacant to ensure social distancing.

The airport’s Public Address System will incorporate social distancing reminders for passengers which will be repeated at regular intervals.

The measures reflect the national COVID-19 Health Service Executive (HSE) guidelines and government code of practice guidelines for Air Passengers taking on board the best practice guidelines developed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Shannon Group staff hand over €100k proceeds from its Chosen Charities Programme

Limerick Suicide Watch and the Irish Cancer Society to share in proceeds

CMRF Crumlin and Sláinte an Chláir, Clare Cancer Support announced as 2020 beneficiaries

Shannon Group staff have boosted two charities doing invaluable work across the region with a €100,000 donation made this week from its chosen charity programme.

Limerick Suicide Watch and the Irish Cancer Society have shared in the largest amount ever gathered by the staff of Shannon Airport, Shannon Commercial Properties, Shannon Heritage and International Aviation Services Centre (IASC) since the Group charities programme began.

The monies raised last year brings the total sum raised by Shannon Group staff for designated charities to over €350,000 since the programme commenced six years ago.

Last year saw staff across the Group’s businesses  run a number of their own individual fund-raising initiatives as well as collaborate on group-wide activity – the net result being a €50,000 cheque going to each of the 2019 chosen charities.

Isabel Harrison, Chairman of the Shannon Group Staff Charity Committee said: “We are absolutely delighted to be handing over such a large amount of money to these charities.  There isn’t a community in Ireland that hasn’t be touched by suicide or a family that hasn’t been touched by cancer so it is an absolute privilege to be able to contribute to the amazing work that both of these charities do.”

The year-long programme saw four Shannon Group staff cycle between four Irish airports in four days.  They covered a staggering 787km taking in Shannon, Knock, Dublin and Cork airports.  Other initiatives include the annual favourite Christmas kick-off for the region, the Santa Flights, as well as a 5k run at Shannon Free Zone, bake sales, a family fun day at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a mountain run and an auction.

Commenting on the outcome of last year’s programme, Shannon Group CEO Mary Considine also revealed that the 2020 Shannon Group Chosen Charities are CMRF Crumlin and Sláinte an Chláir, Clare Cancer Support.

Said Ms Considine: “I’m so proud of our staff.  They selflessly gave of their time to help others. We had seventeen fundraising events in total over the year. Not only did these events raise much needed funds for our two chosen charities, Limerick Suicide Watch and the Irish Cancer Society but showed what can be achieved by everyone working together.

“We look forward to putting a major effort in again this year behind CMRF Crumlin and Sláinte an Chláir, Clare Cancer Support.”

Speaking at the presentation of the cheques, Colm O’Byrne, Chairperson Limerick Suicide Watch said: “Unfortunately, our services are in high demand and it’s only with the support of the public and corporate donors that we can stay doing what we do, week in week out.  Shannon Group’s contribution is one of the biggest corporate donations we have received, and it will allow us to make some sizeable investments.  This money will undoubtedly save lives and I thank the Group and, moreover, its staff for their effort and generosity.”

Said Mark Mellet, Head of Fundraising at the Irish Cancer Society: “We are extremely grateful to the Shannon Group and everybody in the region that supported their great fundraising. With the number of people getting cancer in Limerick and Clare increasing each year, support like this helps ensure we can meet the increasing demand for Irish Cancer Society patient services in the region to ensure no one goes through cancer alone. In addition, these funds will help Irish Cancer Society funded researchers in Limerick and throughout the country, find better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer and to also support those living with cancer.    

Aer Lingus launches its second new aircraft at Shannon as JFK service resumes ahead of schedule

Thursday, 13 February 2020:  The CEO of Shannon Group, Mary Considine, has said that the launch today of a new Shannon based aircraft and the early return of Aer Lingus’ New York JFK service is a further show of commitment by the airline to Shannon Airport and the region.

The service recommenced today, a month earlier than in previous years. It will operate six days a week, rising to seven days a week in the peak summer months, all the way through to the end of the year.

Passengers will also now avail of the new state-of-the-art A321neo LR aircraft on this route, which comes complete with additional business class capacity.

With this and their two new services – Barcelona and Paris-Charles De Gaulle – for Shannon in 2020, Aer Lingus’ capacity this year will grow by 20%.   As a result, 2020 will see the largest percentage increase in the number of Aer Lingus seats in over 30 years at Shannon Airport.

The new A321neo LR is the second such Aer Lingus aircraft to arrive at Shannon. The first aircraft was delivered last October and has been operating on the Shannon-Boston service. Today was the first day that the two aircraft were positioned on the ground for the first time at Shannon.

Said Ms Considine, CEO of Shannon Group, which operates Shannon Airport:  “Today is a significant day for us as we welcome the early return of Aer Lingus’ New York JFK service and get to celebrate the arrival of their new aircraft. This aircraft will join their other A321neo LR, which has been successfully operating on the year-round Shannon to Boston service since last October.

This is a major investment and vote of confidence by Aer Lingus in Shannon Airport and the transatlantic connectivity it provides between New York and the West of Ireland is very important for our region.  It is a major contribution to the business community as it gives them onward connections to the global marketplace. In addition, it supports inbound tourism, giving US visitors access to the Wild Atlantic Way through the Shannon Airport gateway. We are delighted that Aer Lingus is also commencing new services to two hugely important European airports, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Barcelona. This brings the airlines network at Shannon Airport up to nine routes for summer 2020.”

Said Donal Moriarty, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer with Aer Lingus: “We are delighted to demonstrate our continued commitment to Shannon Airport and the wider region. The A321LR NEO is the next generation narrow body aircraft and will enable us continue to grow our service across the North Atlantic. In addition to being a very comfortable plane on which to travel, the Airbus 321NEO LR aircraft are 20% more fuel-efficient than existing aircraft and have 50% reduced engine noise versus the A321 CEO. Their delivery forms a core part of Aer Lingus’ environmental objectives.”

Said Andrew Murphy, Managing Director, Shannon Airport: “Aer Lingus has been an excellent partner of the airport over the years. The fact that this year it will have its biggest capacity increase at Shannon in 30 years reflects the commitment they have to our region. It’s a very positive commitment to Shannon and our passengers.”

Council staff get sneak-peak of new airport hangar

Clare County executive and management were in Shannon Free Zone on the invitation of Shannon Group to see progress on the development of an €18 million, 92,000 sq ft specialist aircraft painting hangar at Shannon Airport, adjacent to Shannon Free Zone. 

Shannon Commercial Properties Managing Director, Gerry Dillon and Shannon Group Chief Operating Officer, Ray O’Driscoll, were on hand to showcase the hangar which is capable of accommodating some of the world’s largest aircraft.

Over 150 jobs have been created during the 14 month construction phase.

The project involves the construction of a steel framed wide-body aircraft paint hangar and internal ancillary office space, workshops, plant rooms and storage space. It will be the only hangar in Ireland capable of accommodating multiple aircraft types up to and including, the world’s largest passenger aircraft. Over 190 metres of new taxiway to facilitate aircraft movements is also being undertaken as part of the project.

It is the tenth hangar to be constructed at the airport, bringing the combined hangarage space to over 600,000 sq. ft.

The construction of the hangar is Shannon Group’s largest construction project to-date and is Ireland’s first aircraft hangar to be developed in almost 20 years. Shannon Group is leasing the hangar to IAC – International Aerospace Coating, a leading global aircraft painting, interiors and graphics specialist.

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