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Passenger flights to resume in Shannon on July 1st

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Shannon Airport is to resume scheduled passenger operations from July 1st.

From the beginning of next month, Ryanair is to recommence sixteen services from Shannon Airport. The routes will be serving, Alicante, Barcelona-Reus, Faro, Fuerteventura, Kaunas, Krakow, Lanzarote, London-Gatwick, London-Stansted, Malaga, Manchester, Palma, Tenerife, Warsaw, Wroclaw and Vienna.

COVID-19 health and safety measures are being implemented at the Airport with management keen to incorporate a contactless journey through Shannon with minimal touchpoints.

Over 4,000 pieces of COVID-19 signage have been installed along the roads to the Airport and inside the terminal building. Multiple sanitiser dispensers and special hand sanitation stations are in place. In addition to its normal cleaning services, the airport has introduced specialised COVID-19 deep cleaning and sanitisation services.

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.

Passengers have been advised by management of Shannon Airport to bring and wear a face covering when inside the airport terminal building.

Two-metre social distancing guidelines are to be visible across the international airport while 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. Passengers will be regularly reminded through the public address system to adhere to social distancing.

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).

Scheduled passenger services were suspended at Shannon Airport since March while essential services such as facilitating cargo, repatriation and emergency flights were facilitated in the interval.

A spokesperson for Shannon Group told The Clare Echo that the health and safety of 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.

“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,” the spokesperson concluded.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and 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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