Business traffic up 26% at Shannon Airport

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

Shannon Airport saw 230 Business Aviation Jet Movements in June, a 26% increase from the same month last year - and a new record.

Shannon Airport saw 230 Business Aviation Jet Movements in June, a 26% increase from the same month last year - and a new record.

Airport chief Mary Considine has welcomed the figures, which come at a key time for the base, ahead of the expected development of the Lynx Freight Cargo Hub and others.

In total, Shannon would have benefitted from 460 ‘movements’, with charges due on arrival, departure and landing time.

Ms Considine described the news as “exceptional”.

“The increase in June is very welcome as all gains in the aviation industry are hard to make right now. While terminal traffic remains our priority area, we have been putting increased focus also on business aviation at Shannon over recent years as it is a potential growth area. We have witnessed steady growth as a result and June has been an exceptional month.”

She said the growth is of benefit to the whole region, explaining this is because it “exposes us to some of the world’s leading high-net worth individuals and corporations, which can only be good. We are witnessing particular growth across the Middle-East and US markets and this is no coincidence as Shannon is as a potential crossroads for business aviation travel between these regions.”

She put it down to Shannon’s unique location in the far west of Europe, “and the fact that we are the only airport in the world with US Preclearance for business aviation. There is increased demand for these Preclearance services as a result, which is also welcome.”

Ms Considine said that the record month also comes on the back of its recent aviation convention, which was a huge success as Shannon hosted some of the principal operators in the business globally at the event.