Shannon Airport Authority (Shannon Airport) is an international airport company employing over 260 people. On the 1st of January 2013, Shannon Airport gained full independence. As well as the day-to-day management of the airport, it also manages major commercial activities at Shannon Airport including operation of duty and tax free shops, concession management, executive lounges and car parks.
In 2013, Shannon Airport, which offers scheduled commercial services to the US, UK and Europe, handled 1.4m passengers and 24,000 aircraft movements. The airport operates a 24-hour service with no curfews, slots or noise restrictions. The airport’s runway is the longest in Ireland at 3,199m and capable of handling all aircraft types. Shannon airport operates a fire and rescue service to Category 9.
We are fully equipped to handle corporate, military, charter, cargo, and scheduled airline traffic offering a high quality and efficient tech stop. Air traffic control, flight services, weather services, emergency response and airport police are available 24 hours a day to ensure safe, secure, and efficient operations.
Thanks to the Irish Aviation Authority, the IAA, Ireland enjoys a global reputation as a “gold-standard” in aviation regulation.
The airport comprises approximately 855 hectares of land, of which 493 hectares are used for the operation of the airport. It has its own fuel storage farm with hydrant delivery systems and its own water supply facilities.
In 2009 Shannon Airport became the first airport outside North America and the Caribbean to offer US preclearance facilities for scheduled and corporate aviation. It is now the only airport in Ireland to offer preclearance facilities for both commercial and private aircraft.
In 2017 Shannon Airport officially opened its purpose built sensory room, the first airport sensory room in Europe, catering for passengers with autism and sensory issues.
Shannon Airport is committed to the delivery of a safe, secure and customer focused airport operation. This is achieved through its commitment in delivering its service to the highest national/ international standards and best practice.
Aviation Industry in Shannon
The aviation industry is global in nature and is growing rapidly. Ireland is already a major worldwide centre for aviation activity, especially aircraft leasing. This is in large part a legacy of GPA, the pioneering leasing firm founded in Shannon in the 1970s.
Today, over 90 aerospace firms are established in and around Shannon, employing about 3000 staff. Our ambition and our mandate is to develop this activity further, creating a globally recognised aviation industry cluster at Shannon with specialisations in areas such as leasing, maintenance, aircraft recycling, component manufacture and repair, and business aviation.