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Aviation Cluster

Connect and grow your business inside Ireland's premier aviation and aerospace innovation hub.

Our Shannon Campus is home to the largest aerospace and aviation community in Ireland, with over 80 firms employing over 3,000 and growing steadily. Located across Shannon Airport and the business park spans the entire industry value chain, encompassing everything from aircraft leasing, maintenance and recycling to component manufacture, parts repair and business aviation.

For aviation businesses the location is ideal, with two large business parks directly adjacent to the airport, airside development possibilities and an adjoining large land bank available for further development. It is also highly appealing to executives and employees, set amidst the spectacular scenery of Ireland’s rugged Atlantic coast with two vibrant university cities nearby.

Companies locating here have access to a good mix of young, well-educated talent, a highly competitive tax environment and a legislative and regulatory framework specifically geared to the needs of the aviation and aerospace sectors.

Raise Each Other Higher

The main goal of our aviation community group is to facilitate opportunities for our aviation and aerospace members that help them to reach further and grow their business at all levels.

This year, The Shannon Airport Group sponsored the first Women in Aviation Midwest networking event inside the renowed Shannon Aviation Museum. This event was a resounding success, with over 150 women working in the aviation and aerospace sectors from Limerick and Clare in attendance to collaborate and form synergies.

Watch our event video below:

We are proud to say this will be the first of many Women in Aviation Midwest events to come, and all sector companies in our region are welcome to take part. If your company is interested in joining or sponsoring our next event please contact or visit the WOMEN IN AVIATION - MID-WEST REGION website.

An ideal location for Aviation

Shannon Airport is a 24-hour, full service international airport with all the capabilities and infrastructure to handle any aircraft. 

  • No restrictions, no curfews, and no congestion.
  • Quick turnaround technical stops and provides a safe and convenient crew rest base.
  • Main European airport for transatlantic Business Aviation technical stops

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.

Easy Airport Services, All Year Round

  • Shannon (SNN/EINN) is a long-standing transatlantic transit stop which offers excellent facilities.
  • Located adjacent to our Shannon business park and home to the longest Category 2 runway in Ireland at 3199 metres long and 45 metres wide with 8 metre shoulders each side.
  • 30 Aircraft stands on-site with 50 long-term storage stands.
  • Shannon benefits from efficient and uncongested facilities and a superb weather record
  • North Atlantic Air Traffic Control is based in Shannon: westbound departing flights have direct access to optimum transatlantic tracks and levels (saving fuel and time).
  • Nearly equidistant between the U.S. and the Middle East.

Choice of experienced FBO's and Aircraft Handling Companies make for quick turnarounds and very competitive pricing.
Excellent quality and affordable crew hotels. Local MROs licensed to provide engineering cover: No uplift volume restrictions.

Make the Right Connections

See our breakdown of aviation companies already doing business in Shannon.

Maintenance: Repair: Overhaul: MRO

A vision by Dr Tony Ryan saw a collaboration between Lufthansa, Swissair and leasing giant GPA to give birth to a modern-day Third party Maintenance Facility in Shannon. Since then, the sector has grown in number and depth of versatility, supported by Shannon Airports' continuous investment in facilities and infrastructure. It is also home to the national apprenticeship programmes Aviation School where dozens of young engineers begin their careers in Aviation each year.

Line Maintenance Base Maintenance Composite Repair Component Repair Engine Repair
ASL Engineering IAC Eirtech Aviation Collins Aerospace Vortex Aviation
BCT Aviation Atlantic Aviation Group WorldWide Composite Services Lufthansa Technik Turbine Aero Inspection International
Atlantic Aviation Group Prestwick Maintenance Services   STS Aviation  
Vortex Aviation ND Technology   WorldWide Composite Services  



Airfinancing and Leasing

The Shannon region is the birthplace to aircraft leasing with GPA growing the sector from early wetlease operation in the 1970’s. Now home to leasing giant AerCap and many others, the region boasts an ideal location with access to a well educated and experienced workforce with a cluster of financial service companies to support your operation.

Aercap GECAS Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing
Japanese Lease Product Services Shannon Engine Services Milestone Helicopters
Engine Lease Finance Corporation Phoenix Aviation Finance High Ridge Aviation
Stratos Leasing FWCAS Leasing Airborne Capital
Fexco Aviation Services Nordic Aviation Capital  



Corporate and Business Aviation

Commercial and private aviation providers choose Shannon Airport. Open 24 hours a day and host to Ireland’s longest runway, it also offers:
  • Full US Customs and Border Pre-Clearance for Business Jets
  • Very competitive fuel prices
  • No curfews or slotting arrangements
  • No operational or local authority restrictions
  • No restrictive noise abatement procedures night or day
  • No arrival or departure air traffic delays
  • World class air traffic facilities and instrument approaches.
In addition, Shannon has one of the best open weather records of all European airports. Shannon Airport’s temperate climate, near sea level location (field elevation 47ft.) and obstruction free 3,200m runway (10,500ft), the longest in Ireland, allows for maximum operational conditions winter and summer.

Companies offering these services at Shannon include;

ACASS(Operator) Westair (Operator)(FBO) The Air Law Firm (Ireland)
SBA Flight Support Services US Alliance (FBO) Martyn Fiddler Aviation
Quintessentially Aviation (FBO) Universal Aviation (FBO) Swissport Ireland (Handler)
Signature (FBO) Gainjet (Operator) Alliance FlightSupport (FBO)
Sky Handling Partners (Handler)    



Aviation Services

Since the early days of GPA, Shannon has positioned itself as an ideal location for transitioning leased aircraft whereby an aircraft changes operator. This has given rise to multiple base maintenance and paint hangars, component repair workshops, aircraft records and airworthiness bureaus, as well as modification design and manufacture. Supported by a wealth of aircraft parts and logistics companies, this community of aviation services gives Shannon the enviable reputation as a place to get things done to deliver reliable, safe aircraft on time, every time.

Air Advise (CAMO) IQ EQ Shannon Technical Services (CAMO) Compass Aviation Group
Aero Inspection Ireland (P21) IAC Aircaft Painting SixWest Aviation Graphix
Aerozone Irish Aviation Authority KNSI (P21) Dedienne Aerospace
InterTech (P21) ABC International (P21) Granitize EU Piercom
A-TechSYN Atlantic Air Adventure EastWay Global Part M Aviation (CAMO)
EFG Magellan Eirtech Aviation (P21, CAMO) DB Schenker
CloudCards/CAS Parc Aviation (CAMO, P21)    

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