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Tourist incentive proposed to attract more Shannon flyers

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Clare County Council have been encouraged to partner with Shannon Heritage to make it more attractive for tourists to fly into Shannon Airport. Independent councillor, PJ Ryan proposed at last Monday’s meeting of the local authority that it team up with Shannon Heritage to tempt passengers to use Shannon Airport by giving “entry to their…

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Minister Ross wants Shannon “to provide increased competition” to Dublin

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Minister for Transport, Shane Ross has indicated he wants Shannon Airport to “provide increased competition” to Dublin Airport according to a Fine Gael Senator. Shannon Airport management have been asked to submit a detailed plan on a possible connection to a major European hub. The move comes following a meeting between Shannon Group management and…

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Tourists not staying in Clare due to “third world connectivity”

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“Third world connectivity” to Co Clare is putting tourists off staying in the county, Cllr Pat Daly has claimed. Tourism was listed as a key asset to the Mid West in the draft regional spatial and economic strategy (RSES) produced by the Southern Regional Assembly. The document referred to the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient…

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Wild Atlantic Way rebranding of Airport won’t take off

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A Wild Atlantic Way rebranding of Shannon Airport has failed to make a splash with airport management. In response to motions raised by Cllr Paul Murphy and Cllr Pat McMahon at the January meeting of Clare County Council, Shannon Group plc Chief Executive Officer, Matthew Thomas issued a formal reply to the local authority having…

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Shannon’s best interests require tackling Dublin Airport’s monopoly

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*Photograph: Shauna Kennedy Dublin Airport’s monopoly should be tackled in the best interest of Shannon, the wider region it serves and other regions outside the capital, economists have stated. Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Limerick Stephen Kinsella and Limerick Chamber economist Dr. Catriona Cahill entered the debate on Dublin Airport’s unhealthy dominance…

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€90,000 worth of cannabis seized in Shannon

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A routine operation at Shannon Airport on Friday discovered herbal cannabis with an estimated street value of €90,000. Revenue officers seized the drugs which were found in a parcel that arrived from Spain and labelled as ‘clothing’. The cannabis was addressed to Co Carlow. Investigations are currently ongoing anyone with information in relation to drug…

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Rail spur line to Shannon Airport will close the gap with Dublin

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*Jackie Whelan. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan A prominent Clare businessman has declared a spur line to Shannon Airport will result in increased passengers and more people staying in the West of Ireland. Jackie Whelan is the owner of the West Clare Railway, Tullagower Quarries and alongside his wife Pauline is the co-owner of The Railway Bar…

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2018 was Shannon’s busiest year this decade

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2018 was Shannon Airport busiest year this decade. Passenger numbers increased to over 1.86 million which is up 6.5 percent on last year. Overall it represents a growth of 33 percent for Shannon Airport since separating from the DAA, this upward trend has been consistent for the past six years. UK and transatlantic routes were…

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Naughton calls on Dooley to clarify stance on Shannon’s neutrality

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Fianna Fáil TD, Timmy Dooley has been pressurised to clarify his position on Shannon Airport neutrality. Sean Naughton, a Sinn Féin candidate in the Killaloe electoral area has called on Dooley to reveal his stance on the airport. The nineteen year old referred to an ALDE EU Group conference held in Madrid in November which…

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‘Proud Townie’ Slattery says strong passenger throughput critical for Shannon

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*John Slattery. Photograph by Eamon Ward Shannon Airport is a jewel in the crown that requires regular polishing according to Ennis born aviation chief, John Slattery. For the past two and a half years, John has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Embraer Commercial Aviation and EVP at Embraer S.A. He was in Co…

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