Shannon Airport welcomes Lufthansa’s doubling of capacity on Frankfurt service 

Thursday 28 February 2019: Shannon Airport is today delighted to announce that its first ever scheduled Lufthansa service is to have its capacity doubled this year with the announcement of a second weekly service to Frankfurt

The service will now operate to Frankfurt on Thursdays as well as Saturdays, with the outbound leg on Thursdays arriving in Frankfurt in time to meet onward connections at one of Europe’s largest and most important airport hubs.

The service will operate weekly using an Embraer190 aircraft on Thursdays and an Airbus A319 on Saturdays and will run from the May 2 to October 12.

Commenting on the enhanced commitment, Andreas Koester, Senior Director Sales UK, Ireland & Iceland: “Testament to the demand for our services in this important market, we are delighted to be able to double our capacity on the Shannon-Frankfurt route. At Lufthansa, we pride ourselves on delivering high levels of customer satisfaction. This additional capacity enables us to offer even greater options for onward outbound connections through Europe and long haul destinations to Asia, Sao Paulo and Johannesburg, with the inbound flight offering a more seamless journey from the North Atlantic. We look forward to building on this success to further expand our footprint in Ireland.”

Welcoming the announcement, Shannon Airport Managing Director Andrew Murphy said:  “This is very positive news for us as it reaffirms the market that there is for Shannon for services into European hub airports.  Lufthansa, which is one of Europe’s biggest airlines, came on board with this service in 2017 and would not be doubling frequency unless the demand was there.

 Having Lufthansa commit with this second weekly service across the summer season is very encouraging from that perspective.  We have worked very hard on this, as we do with all our services, and are really pleased to be making this gain.”

Mr Murphy added:  “In addition to the outbound opportunities for onward connections and, indeed, the opportunity this gives eastern markets to fly with one-stop connectivity into Shannon, the German market is the third largest tourism market for Ireland. As the gateway airport to the Wild Atlantic Way, we offer direct access for that market to the part of the country that resonates the most with them.  We look forward to working with Lufthansa and growing this service further in the future.”

Making history at Shannon: Gainjet Ireland takes delivery of the world’s first EJ-registered aircraft

“It’s been an amazing three years,” says Gainjet Ireland CEO

Tuesday 16th October 2018: There were double celebrations today at Shannon Airport, as Gainjet Ireland took delivery of a new jet, which made history as the first aircraft in the world to be registered on the new Irish EJ aircraft register, administered by the Irish Aviation Authority. The registration comes almost 90 years to the day since the first ever Irish aircraft registration, EI-AAA, in October 1928.

Established just three years ago in August 2015 and securing their operating certificate (AOC) in June 2016, Gainjet Ireland, based at Shannon Airport, is a leading worldwide private jet charter operator and management company. The new aircraft, EJ-IOBN, an Embraer Lineage 1000 executive jet, joins Gainjet Ireland’s growing fleet of Boeing, Gulfstream, Challenger and Citation aircraft in the worldwide executive aircraft market.

Gainjet’s team of 14 staff managed under the watchful eye of Ray Mills (the CEO and Accountable Manager) has grown the company from day one. Gainjet has gone from strength to strength with a fleet of luxury jets for charter and private clients.

Commenting on the success of the company, Mr Mills said: “It’s been an amazing year. We started at Shannon with three jets back in 2016. We chose Shannon because it is a strategically located European base that connects continents. Moreover, thanks to the growing IASC cluster, Shannon has become a major aviation hub for leasing companies and for Atlantic crossing traffic.

“Shannon Airport is a three-time Airport of the Year winner and we are very proud to be based here. We’re grateful to the Irish Aviation Authority who have been so supportive, and to IASC for its consistent support and promotion of the aviation businesses here.

“With the delivery of our latest jet, we now operate seven jets. We have plans to take delivery of further jets before the end of the year. With the new EJ register in place, Gainjet Ireland now offers fast and efficient ‘In-House’ aircraft registry solutions for commercial and NCC corporate jets, based on EASA’s high standards, for Europe and Internationally. I think it’s fair to say that very exciting times lie ahead. Watch this space,” he said.

Gainjet Ireland operates within Shannon Group’s International Aviation Services Centre (IASC) the business unit within Shannon Group plc tasked with building on the well-established aviation cluster at Shannon. Congratulating Gainjet Ireland, Patrick Edmond, IASC Managing Director said: “It is fantastic to see what Gainjet has achieved in such a short time. This is down to its experienced CEO and dedicated team. We in Shannon have a particular focus on the area of business and corporate aviation. This commitment to growth by a leading player such as GainJet is a real vote of confidence in the aviation ecosystem here in Shannon that’s developed over decades and reaffirms Shannon’s attractiveness as an ideal location for aerospace and aviation businesses.”

About Gainjet Ireland:

Established in June 2016 at Shannon Airport campus, Gainjet Aviation is a leading worldwide private jet charter operator and management company. GainJet Ireland is a subsidiary AOC operation.  Our parent company is based in Athens, Greece with an office in London, U.K. Our global network also includes strategic partners all over the world.

Our large and versatile fleet offers a wide range of VIP aircraft, positioned throughout Europe and the Middle-East to provide our clients with the best VIP travel solution for their requirements.

We offer a customized travel experience tailored to your specific needs. Whatever your travel requirements may be, our leading team of professionals is available 24/7 to ensure that these requirements are met with the highest standards of passenger care. So enjoy your flight and let us take care of the rest.

This year Gainjet Ireland also introduced “Jet Lease Finance” a unique company that offers the opportunity to lease top-class aircraft with affordable structured contracts to elite clients.

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About the EJ Register:

The EJ- register was launched in March 2015 with an update to the Irish Aviation Authority (Nationality And Registration Of Aircraft) Order that allowed the use of EJ- followed by four letters. VIP or Business Aircraft in excess of 5,700KG MTOW, used for private or public transport, can be registered on the “EJ” Register. The register offers the benefits of a gold-standard onshore EASA jurisdiction and is designed for full compliance with current and forthcoming EASA regulations including Part NCC.

The “EJ” Registration format consists of EJ plus four letters, which allows for significant flexibility for personalised registrations. In addition, an assigned registration mark can be transferred to another aircraft owned by the same owner, if desired. The “EJ” Register will allow Private Owners or Aircraft Operator’s Certificate (AOC) Holders to register aircraft. The register will support temporary withdrawal of an aircraft from an AOC for valid operational reasons, for example for private flying in the USA.

Tourist numbers into Shannon grow by 9% in August – Irish Tourism Industry Confederation shows

Growth rate at Shannon is the fastest of all Irish airports

Wednesday, 03 October 2018: Shannon Airport, a Shannon Group company, has said that Irish Tourism Industry Confederation (ITIC) figures published for August reaffirm the importance of Shannon to tourism along the Wild Atlantic Way and its wider catchment.

ITIC’s ‘Irish Tourism Dashboard’ for August shows that the number of tourists that came into Shannon last month grew at a greater rate than any other Irish airport, with the 213,000 tourists that flew into Shannon amounting to a 9% increase on the same month last year.

Responding to the news, Andrew Murphy, Managing Director, Shannon Airport said that the tourism growth rate is very much in keeping with the wider increase in passenger numbers during the summer season.

“We are having our best summer season in a decade and while we knew our wider passenger numbers were up, this breakdown from ITIC for the tourism sector is very encouraging. It is particularly welcome news given that we have completed a major €40 million investment programme to make the airport better and easy for our customers to use.

“Tourism is huge for our catchment, which runs from Cork right up to the North-West and Shannon is a key enabler of it. We’re the premier gateway on the Wild Atlantic Way for international tourists and this year has proven yet again the market demand for services into Shannon.”

Mr Murphy said that overall passenger growth was up by 7% in Q2, with a significant increase, in particular, in transatlantic services.

“Transatlantic has performed extremely well for us this year but it’s essential that we deliver on this and, indeed, all our markets. We are the only airport on the Wild Atlantic Way with daily services across the key transatlantic, UK and European markets so there is an onus on us to deliver and we are delivering,” he continued.

“Our growth this year has been largely down to additional and improved services across all markets, including a new Toronto flight with Air Canada and new services to Barcelona-Reus, Bristol and Liverpool with Ryanair, while the airline also increased Manchester frequencies. We are also looking forward to Norwegian Air International expanding its Shannon/New York service for the winter season, which will also see Ryanair going year-round on Alicante, Spain.

Commenting on the results Matthew Thomas, CEO Shannon Group plc said: “It’s been a very positive year for Shannon and, as a result, for tourism here.  We expect further good news by year end, as we are on track to record an overall increase of almost 30% since becoming an independent airport five years ago.

“These figures illustrate the impact that Shannon makes and send out a clear message that the more we grow, the more the tourism industry here benefits.  Our focus now is to build on this positive growth, not just at the airport but across all our Shannon Group businesses. Growth of this kind is crucially important for the delivery of the Government’s Project Ireland 2040 plans,” he said.

Shannon welcomes another new service for 2019 as Ryanair adds Ibiza to schedule

Airport’s first Ibiza service gives passengers more choice 

Tuesday 2nd October 2018:  Shannon Airport, a Shannon Group company, has today welcomed the announcement by Ryanair that it is to deliver a twice weekly Ibiza service for next year’s summer season as another major boost in a very positive year for the airport.

Ryanair will operate the new route, a first Ibiza service for Shannon, from early April to end of October, strengthening sun holiday capacity to Shannon by another 22,000 seats.

Today‘s announcement comes with the airport enjoying its best summer season in a decade and recording growth of over 5% in the first half of the year.

Welcoming the announcement Andrew Murphy, Managing Director, Shannon Airport said: “2018 has been our best year in over a decade at Shannon but from planning perspective we have very much moved onto 2019 and this is a really good boost for the airport.  It comes off the back of Ryanair going year-round from next month on its Alicante service and the introduction of its Barcelona-Reus service this summer.

“Ibiza is a hugely popular destination for holiday makers and will mean that next year we will have eight services to Spanish sun holiday destinations”

Said Shannon Group CEO Matthew Thomas:  “Shannon Group is one of the most important drivers of economic growth in the country and Shannon Airport is integral to that.  We want to make it easy for holiday makers in our region to travel to sun destinations from their airport, and not have to make long journeys to get their flights abroad for summer and winter breaks.

“We’ve spent the last few years working very hard on building capacity back up and Ibiza is another service that was very much on our wish list and we are delighted now it on our summer schedule for 2019.  Ryanair is a major airline partner at Shannon and we look forward to working closely the airline to make this new and welcome service a success.”

Shannon becomes first European airport to have facial recognition installed for US preclearance

New facial recognition system will speed up screening time even further

Wednesday, 26 September 2018:  Shannon Airport’s status in transatlantic aviation has been reflected again after becoming the first airport in Europe to have facial recognition technology introduced for U.S. preclearance.

This is good news for Shannon Airport transatlantic passengers as it speeds up their journey through the airport and allows them avail of shorter security screening times than at other airports.

The new technology is a further boost to Shannon which back in 2016 became the first airport in the world to operate a combined EU and US TSA checkpoint systems, halving the time spent in security screening at other preclearance airports.

The introduction of the new facial technology system in recent months has seen Shannon become the first airport outside the Americas to use facial biometrics to verify the identity of travellers about to enter the US.

The programme has already been successfully implemented in several US airports and was also extended to Aruba Airport in the Caribbean.

The facial recognition technology essentially verifies passengers by matching them to the documents they are presenting.

It will not alone enhance security but also speed up screening, with airports in the US now processing up to ten people per minute with the new cutting-edge system.

It has been operating successfully in Shannon since its installation and is the latest pre-clearance first for the airport.

The installation of the service is timely for Shannon, with the airport enjoying its busiest period on transatlantic operations for 17 years, with seven services to six destinations.

Said Operations Director at Shannon Airport Niall Maloney,  “Being the first airport in Europe to have this ground breaking technology installed reaffirms Shannon’s status in transatlantic aviation. We were the first to get preclearance and now we’re the first to pilot this technology.   Ultimately, the big gain here is that this the latest enhancement to passenger services at Shannon. We’re coming to the end of our busiest summer season on transatlantic since the early part of the last decade and anything that speeds up queues and enhances security is a major plus.”

Said Shannon Airport Managing Director Andrew Murphy,  “We are delighted that US Customs and Border Protection has selected Shannon for this pilot.  We’ve had an excellent working relationship with them since Shannon, in 2009, became the first airport outside the Americas to have US preclearance.

“This means that we have the most efficient and reliable systems in place for passenger screening for the US.  That’s good for security but also very good for the passenger.”

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