SHANNON Airport director Mary Considine has welcomed the appointment of Rose Hynes as chair of the Shannon Airport Authority.
Shannon officially enters a new era today with its separation from the DAA and the formation of a new state-owned company to drive passenger numbers and develop aviation industry around the airport.
Ms Hynes is to chair the SAA during a transitional phase while legislation is drawn up to formally merge Shannon Development’s land assets with the new airport company.
On the appointment, Ms Considine said: “Rose brings vast business and aviation experience to the position of chairman of the new Shannon Airport Authority. She has, in her role as chairman of the Aviation Business Development Task Force, spent the last six months building a sustainable and strategic vision for the future of our airport.
“We have every confidence in Shannon’s ability, under her chairmanship, to deliver on its role as a key economic driver for the greater west of Ireland region and look forward to working with her.”
Meanwhile, Clare’s Deputy Michael McNamara expects legislation early in 2013 which will provide the legal basis for the merger and also to stimulate investment around the airport.
“The Finance Act will elaborate on the commitments contained in Budget 2013, to put in place measures to facilitate the construction of hangars and ancillary facilities to attract aviation sector organisations, as well as new funding sources for airlines, aircraft financing and leasing,” said the Labour TD.