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.

Influence of aviation on Ireland’s economic development over the past 50 years recognised with major award

‘Expansion of Ireland’s International Airports’ wins Project Management Institute Jubilee Award

Shannon Airport’s influence has been central in Irish aviation – Shannon Group CEO Mary Considine

The impact of aviation, with Shannon Airport’s role pivotal, in the development of Ireland has been recognised in a major award, ahead of projects such as the state motorway programme and even the introduction of the Smoking Ban.

The development of Shannon, Dublin and Cork airports has been recognised as the most influential project undertaken in Ireland over the past 50 years by the Irish Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI). 

The ‘Expansion of Ireland’s International Airports’ project was announced as the winner of special PMI anniversary accolade at the Ireland Chapters’ annual National Project Awards last night (THURS 14 November) at the Dublin offices of award sponsors PwC in Spencer Dock.

The ‘Expansion of Ireland’s International Airports’ was chosen by public vote from a stellar shortlist of eight from nearly 100 initially suggested projects. The shortlist included the Guinness Storehouse; Introduction of the Smoking Ban; Luas Light-rail System; Redevelopment of Croke Park; Regeneration of Dublin Docklands; State Motorway Programme; and The Wild Atlantic Way.

Welcoming the award, Shannon Group Chief Executive Mary Considine said: “We are very proud of the influence Shannon Airport has had and continues to have on Ireland’s economic success. Shannon is now and always was an innovator; it’s in our DNA, from the establishment of the world’s first Duty-Free shop in 1947, now grown into a multi-billion dollar global industry, to being the first airport in the world, outside of the Americas, to provide full US Preclearance facilities, making arrival in the US easier and faster. More recently we were also the first airport in Europe to establish an airport sensory room for our customers.

“This year we celebrated the 80th anniversary of the landing of the first passenger aircraft, and as a central core of Shannon Group, the airport continues to be a driving force for economic growth in the West of Ireland. It does this through the delivery of global air connectivity to enhance the region attractiveness as a location for FDI and indigenous companies and boosts the tourism industry by providing overseas visitors with gateway access to the Wild Atlantic Way.

“Shannon was the birth place of aircraft leasing and today we are continuing to support Shannon’s aviation cluster through our International Aviation Services Centre (IASC). We are very proud and grateful for the honour bestowed on us by Irish public, and of the role that Shannon Airport, through our dedicated employees past and present, has played in growing the Irish economy over the past 50 years.”

Shannon’s aerospace hub has huge growth potential for growth – major aircraft leasing industry conference hears

200 delegates from Ireland and across world attend Aviation Leasing conference in Limerick

Thursdays 7th November 2019: Shannon has the potential to be a major beneficiary of the forecasted growth in the global aircraft fleet, set to become a trillion-dollar industry, a major international leasing conference today at the Strand Hotel Limerick heard today.

Conference delegates attending the Shannon International Leasing Conference (SILC), which was founded by Samantha Harding, learnt that with the world’s existing commercial fleet of 25,000 aircraft set to more than double over the next half a century, ‘transitioning’ activity – including aircraft painting, maintenance-repair-overhaul (MRO) and component repair, present a huge growth opportunity for Shannon.

The Shannon aviation sector currently employs in excess of 3,000 people across over 80 companies. Annually, up to 100 aircraft are transitioned from one owner to another at Shannon, generating an estimated €30 million worth of business to service providers in this field every year.
Sponsored by a number of Shannon based aviation service companies, some 200 delegates from across Ireland, the UK and Europe and as far afield as Brazil, gathered today to hear from speakers such as Paul Everitt, Chairman of Farnborough International and CEO of ADS Group – the trade organisation representing the aerospace, defence, security and space industries in the United Kingdom; Brett Leslie from leading international deluxe leisure and corporate travel agency Frosch CTM and Clare native and President & CEO of Brazilian aerospace conglomerate Embraer Commercial Aviation John Slattery.

During the conference, the new Embraer’s state-of-the-art E195-E2 jet, is being based at Shannon for three days, for the first time in the west of Ireland. Delegates will be given the pleasure of demo flights onboard the stunning new aircraft tomorrow. The flight from Shannon Airport, which this year celebrates the 80th anniversary of the landing of the first passenger aircraft, will route along the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ down the river Shannon, past Foynes the flying boat base, up along the coast of Clare culminating over Clifden, one hundred years after the historic landing by Alcock and Browne.

Speaking at today’s conference, John Drysdale, Business Development Manager for the International Aviation Services Centre (IASC), said that the Shannon aerospace sector is poised to capitalise significantly on the huge growth ahead for the industry globally. Shannon IASC (International Aviation Services Centre), which is one of the lead sponsors of the conference, is the Shannon Group plc business unit tasked with building on the well-established aviation cluster at Shannon.

He said: “There are currently 25,000 commercial aircraft in the world, and that’s predicted to double within the next half-century. Given where we are already positioned, and the global standing Shannon has for transitioning aircraft, we have a huge opportunity to develop our already thriving cluster here over the coming decades.

“Every time an aircraft is transitioned, it needs to be painted, needs maintenance and repair, components overhauled. A globally recognised expertise has emerged at Shannon over the decades so we are one of the top hubs internationally for this activity. This means we have a huge opportunity to grow business and jobs here at Shannon as aircraft numbers grow. Our role in Shannon IASC is to help drive that.”

He added: “Having the new Embraer jet located at Shannon over the two days was an added attraction this year, and there’s much excitement around that. The jet is one of the most fuel-efficient in the world and going forward that’s a key area for the industry; managing growth while, at the same time, coming up with cutting edge solutions, like those in the Embraer E195 E2, to tackle climate change.”

Addressing the Conference, Mary Considine, CEO, Shannon Group said: “We’re delighted to welcome delegates from all over the world for this conference. The very fact that we have such significant international representation is another illustration of Shannon’s significant place in this global industry.

“We are very proud of the aviation services cluster in Shannon and it is wonderful to see the aviation community continue to grow. This year alone we have seen 15 new indigenous and overseas aviation businesses locate in Shannon. This is a clear indication that the Shannon aviation brand, which our International Aviation Services Centre (IASC) is endeavouring to promote, is having real impact.”

Shannon lands two more new routes for 2020

Aer Lingus Paris and Barcelona will see airline grow its capacity at Shannon by 20% next summer

Wednesday 6th Shannon November 2019:  Shannon Group CEO Mary Considine today welcomed the announcement by Aer Lingus of two new European routes from Shannon to Paris and Barcelona, highlighting the benefits of the connections for the region.

Paris Charles de Gaulle is one of Europe’s busiest hub airports, delivering an attractive offering for inbound and outbound business and tourist travellers but one also with huge opportunities for onward connections. Barcelona, meanwhile, is one of Europe’s most visited cities and will prove a very attractive addition to the Shannon schedule for next year creating new opportunities for cruising, city breaks, sun holidays and for inbound Spanish tourists.

The new services to Paris will commence on 29th March, while Barcelona will commence on 2nd May and will operate initially for the summer season on a 4 per-week and 3 per-week basis respectively until 31st October.

Welcoming the announcement, Ms Considine said that the additional services are a timely boost for Shannon and the region. “As we turn towards the end of the year, three new services have been announced for Shannon, two of them today with Aer Lingus and this is a very important and timely boost for Shannon and the wider region. 

“The launch of these two new routes and the investment in two new A321LR aircraft at Shannon is evidence of the strong partnership we have with Aer Lingus. This development is a major advancement in our promise to connect our airport and the West of Ireland to a growing number of global destinations, helping us to make this region a thriving, connected place.”

She continued: “This announcement today, against the backdrop of a very challenging aviation market is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our Airport Route Development team, who have worked very closely with Aer Lingus over the past year to secure these additional services for this region. Together, our Group is excited about working with Aer Lingus and our stakeholders, to ensure these services are a success for the region, recognising the key role they can play in supporting FDI, tourism and our indigenous enterprise sector.”

Reid Moody, Chief Strategy and Planning Officer of Aer Lingus said: “We are delighted to illustrate our continued commitment to the Shannon region today by announcing two exciting new routes from the airport for summer 2020. The addition of both Paris and Barcelona to our schedule brings Aer Lingus’ network in Shannon up to nine routes during summer 2020.

 “Our ambition for the future is underpinned by a profitable, sustainable short-haul network supported by our guest-focused brand and digitally-enabled value proposition. These new routes offer new business and leisure opportunities for Shannon, as well as providing fantastic inbound tourism opportunities for the region for visitors from both cities. This announcement illustrates our ambition for Shannon in the coming years.” 

Said Shannon Group Chairman Rose Hynes: “This is a really positive announcement for Shannon Airport and the region.  Paris Charles de Gaulle and Barcelona are among the top five destinations in Europe. These services will see Shannon grow passengers again in 2020 and sends a very clear message to the market that Shannon is very much open for business.”

Andrew Murphy, Managing Director Shannon Airport, further added “We are delighted with this news today and we will be working very hard with the airline, Tourism Ireland and other stakeholders to ensure the new routes are successful. A priority now is to do what we can to ensure the public supports these new routes and get to enjoy the ease of using Shannon Airport in the process.  This would then give Aer Lingus a platform to consider doing more from Shannon in the future.”

New Route From Shannon Airport!

Tourism boost as first direct service brings Viennese tourists to the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way

Budget 2020 announced Tourism Ireland route development fund increase is a significant factor

Wednesday 23rd October 2019: Shannon Group is delighted to welcome today’s announcement by Lauda, the low-cost Austrian airline, of a new service from Shannon Airport to Vienna next year.

The announcement will see the first scheduled Vienna service ever at Shannon and the first time that Lauda will have operated at Shannon. Flights will run twice weekly from the end of March 2020 on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s.

“This is very positive news for Shannon as not alone do we get a scheduled service to one of Europe’s most visited cities and a strong inbound market for tourists to Ireland, but we are also getting a new carrier on the runway here as well. We have been working closely with Lauda and their parent Ryanair, to deliver this service and are looking forward to the airline commencing operation in the New Year,” said Andrew Murphy, Managing Director, Shannon Airport, a Shannon Group company.

“This will be the first summer service connecting Austrian holidaymakers directly to the Wild Atlantic Way, and as such provides an opportunity to attract more visitors to this breathtakingly beautiful part of Ireland,” he said.

Lauda’s CEO, Andreas Gruber said: “Lauda is pleased to launch a new Shannon route to Vienna, commencing in March, which will operate twice weekly as part of our summer 2020 schedule. Customers in Shannon can now book flights to Vienna as far out as October 2020 flying on the lowest fares and with the greenest/cleanest airline group in Europe, with the lowest CO2 emissions.”

Commenting on the significance of the new service for Shannon, Mr. Murphy said: “The decision by Lauda is a vote of confidence in the region by the airline and will deepen Shannon’s impact on tourism in the region. We are delighted to have Vienna on our summer schedule for 2020, a service that will boost business for our tourism industry along the Wild Atlantic Way. We look forward to working closely with Lauda to make the new service a success.”

The new Shannon service has been secured with the assistance of Tourism Ireland and the increased route development fund for regional airports announced in Budget 2020 is a significant factor.

Commenting on the announcement, Brendan Griffin TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport said: “I am very pleased with this announcement today and it is great to see that regions are already seeing dividends from the Government’s decision to increase marketing funds for regional airports.”

Said Shannon Group CEO, Mary Considine; “Shannon Group is an important driver of economic activity, and integral to that is providing airline services to the region. Securing this so soon after the announcement of the Budget 2020 increased Tourism Ireland route develop fund shows what can be achieved through this type of partnership and we thank Tourism Ireland for its continued support.”

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