€3 million Shannon transit upgrade to be unveiled

Alan Owens


Alan Owens

€3 million Shannon transit upgrade to be unveiled

Rose Hynes, Niall Maloney and Mary Considine check out the upgrade works

THE €3m upgrade of Shannon Airport’s transit lounge is nearing completion.

The curtain will rise on the enhancement next month, with the upgrade works part of a wider capital investment programme to enhance the passenger experience at the historic terminal building, Shannon said.

Some €6m in total is to be invested this year in a range of projects, the airport outlined.

The transit area enhancements include the total refurbishment of the lounge and restrooms and the creation of a new catering facility and food court.

Shannon Group chair Rose Hynes said the upgrade works were “part of an ongoing programme of investment that the airport is committed too and it will support local jobs during the construction process, which is also important to the region”.

“We will be investing significantly over the coming years in ensuring our passengers enjoy convenience and comfort, starting with this investment in our Transit lounge and European departure gates,” she added.

Mary Considine, acting CEO of Shannon Group said: “We have taken pride in being customer focused and this initiative will help us provide an enhanced service and underpins our continued commitment to enhance our customers’ experience.

“It complements the major refurbishment of our Shannon Duty Free which we undertook last year and saw the world’s first duty free get a major makeover,” she added.

The works are being carried out for the airport by Clare-based companies M. Fitzgibbon Contractors and O’Keeffe Electrical Engineers, under the direction of the airport’s consultants, Tobin Consulting Engineers.

Meanwhile, a “bigger and better” Bank of Ireland Runway Night Run will take place in Shannon on June 17, with 2,500 runners and walkers to take to the tape – double the number from the inaugural year in 2014.

A Corporate Challenge has been added this year with companies encouraged to enter and Shannon Airport Operations Director Niall Maloney said this year’s event “will be the best yet”.

“It’s bigger as we have 500 more places than last year and it’s longer as we have a 7.5km run as well as a 5km run,” he said.

“We have had great interest so far and would advise people who want to be with us on the night for what is a really novel event to book their place as soon as possible to avoid being disappointed.”

Proceeds from the event will go to Shannon’s chosen charities, Irish Children’s Arthritis Network (iCan) and Abalta Special School for students with autism.

Online entry for the event is open at www.shannonairport.ie or the eventmaster.ie website.