Shannon Airport strengthens links with Russia with future job creation potential - Breen

April 30th, 2012 - Pat Breen

100 jobs to be created by Transaero with more to follow

Speaking following the formal launch of the takeover by Transaero, Russia’s second largest Airliner, of the Air Atlanta Aero Engineering (AAAE) Facility in Shannon, Fine Gael Clare Deputy, Pat Breen, said the expectation by the Russian company that it will create 100 new jobs in the next 12 months, is a sign of things to come for the company and for Shannon airport.

“This acquisition is a really welcome development in terms of the development of Shannon Airport as a centre of excellence for aviation related businesses. Not only has the company signalled its intention to create in the region of 100 jobs over the next year, with more to follow, this move secures the positions of the 240 highly qualified staff at the facility.

“The aviation sector was flagged in the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs as having the potential for future growth and job creation and this move indicates the attractiveness of Ireland, and Shannon, to foreign carriers.

“Shannon, with its availability of US Customs Pre-Clearance facilities, is the ideal location for Transaeo Airlines to set up a hub en route to the US. The company currently operates around 100 long-haul flights a year to U.S. cities such as Miami and New York and have plans to further expand in to a number of secondary airports in the US. Transaero also operates services to Toronto in Canada and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

“Transaero plans to use the Shannon business to conduct a lot of the heavy maintenance work on its 82 aircraft. Only this month, Transero signed an order for four 787-8 Dreamliners, valued at $744 million, with the Airline due to take delivery of their first 787-8 in 2014, signalling the huge potential for future growth.

“Shannon Airport and Russia have built up a strong relationship over the years; in the 1980s the Airport entered into a new arrangement with Aeroflot and a fuel farm was established at Shannon with the Airport trading charges for fuel. The good working relationship fostered between Russia and Aer Rianta Shannon created further business opportunities with the establishment of Aer Rianta International in 1987.

“This development will copper-fasten Shannon Airport’s long-term relationship with Russians second largest Airliner, Tranasero, bringing with it much needed jobs and investment for Shannon and the surrounding region.”