BREEN welcomes procedural operational changes for Business Jets at Shannon Airport.

June 22nd, 2011 - Pat Breen

Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs & Clare T.D. Pat Breen has today (Wednesday) welcomed the news that the operational difficulties which were proving a disincentive to Business Aviation Traffic travelling through Shannon Airport to avail of US Preclearance facilities have now been resolved. Deputy Breen said that this “is a welcome development, particularly as Business Aviation executives are set to jet into the Region to attend a Business Aviation Conference which is being jointly hosted by the Shannon Airport Authority and Shannon Development from the 29th June to 1st July 2011 next.

“Shannon Airport is the only facility in the World which allows Business Jets to clear US Preclearance and then proceed to over 200 destinations in the United States with no further border clearances necessary. In order to capitalise on this unique facility it was important that the turn around time for clearing jets was reduced. Up until now, because of the requirements surrounding the use of the auxiliary power units while on the ground in Shannon, the turn around time for clearing these jets was in the region of 80 minutes. Agreement has now been reached with the US authorities which allow this change in procedures in both Ireland and the US which will reduce the turnaround time at Shannon to 60 minutes or less and I would like to pay tribute to the management at Shannon Airport for their vigorous pursuit of this change.”

“This is a very important procedural time-saving change which will allow Shannon Airport grow its share of business aviation traffic over the next few years. Business aviation traffic at Shannon was up 10% in 2010 compared to 2009 and I understand that there is good growth again this year.”

“The challenges and opportunities facing the Business Aviation Sector will be discussed in the Mid-West Region next week when the Shannon Airport Authority and Shannon Development will jointly host an Aviation Conference in the Strand Hotel in Limerick from Wednesday, 29th June 2011 to Friday, 1st July 2011. Fuel prices, illegal charters, aircraft financing and the opportunities in emerging markets are all set to be discussed and I have no doubt that the procedural change for jets landing in Shannon Airport will also feature.”

“Business Aviation Traffic Development can play an important part in the restoration of Shannon Airport’s fortunes and in this context this procedural operational change is a very welcome development.”