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Flights resume at Shannon Airport as fire is dealt with

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Shannon Airport has reopened following the suspension of services earlier on Thursday morning due to a fire. 

Flight delays are expected throughout the day with passengers advised to contact the airline they are travelling with as the Airport works through a backlog of flights.

At 10:43, the Omni Air International Jet Boeing 767-300 which rejected take-off was removed from Ireland’s longest runway having caught fire shortly after 6am. A cleaning operation was completed thirty minutes after the aircraft was removed.

Aer Lingus flights to Heathrow, Birmingham and Edinburgh were cancelled earlier this morning with all services now facing delays.

A spokesperson for Omni Air International which transports US military troops said, “Initial reports indicate no serious injuries to passengers or crew. Our primary concern at this time is for their safety. We are participating in the investigation of this incident and will release further information as it becomes available.”

In a statement to The Clare Echo shortly after 12pm, Shannon Group commented, “As there has been flight disruption, intending passengers have been asked to contact their airlines. Updates are available on the airport social media channels. We would like to extend our thanks to the IAA (Shannon Tower Business Unit) and our airline partners for their support in the management of the incident”.

Newmarket-on-Fergus native, Páraic McMahon is a freelance journalist and broadcaster currently working for numerous national and local publications including The Clare Echo, The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent, The Irish Times, RTÉ, TheJournal.ie, The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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