UPDATE: Shannon Airport 'operational' as airlines cancel services

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Shannon Airport is experiencing some disruption, but remains operational

Shannon Airport is experiencing some disruption, but remains operational

SHANNON Airport staff remains "fully operational" this Thursday with staff working in challenging conditions to keep the runway open.

However, the airport is experiencing a significant number of flight cancellations.

A spokesperson said this lunchtime: "As we are experiencing a significant number of flight cancellations at Shannon Airport we strongly advise passengers intending to fly from, or travel to, Shannon Airport today to contact their relevant airline or check their website before travelling.

"Shannon Airport remains fully operational as of now, with a number of scheduled flights taking off, due to the efforts of airport staff working through the night in challenging conditions to keep the runway operational. However, a number of airlines have now made the decision to cancel services in the interest of safety.

"Aer Lingus have cancelled all services for tomorrow until Saturday morning and Ryanair announced a number of cancellations, today and tomorrow. We await news from other airlines on their schedules. Shannon also today handled a United Airlines flight diversion (UA2740) from Brussels which was due to land in Dublin. This landed safely at Shannon Airport at 10.16am.

"We are currently managing weather challenges, but it is a fluid and evolving situation and we are monitoring developments closely. We have a 24 hour team in place at airport to minimise the severe weather conditions expected later today from Storm Emma. Passenger safety is our priority and we will be reviewing the situation as weather the events unfold," added the spokesperson.

Airport staff worked through the night in challenging conditions to keep the runway operational".

The inbound and outbound Shannon service to Edinburgh (EI3675/72) has been cancelled.

Shannon confirmed that it handled 20 flight diversions from Dublin and Cork Airports starting from 04.20 yesterday morning until midnight last night.