Minister very aware of Shannon Airports role in balanced regional development

September 14th, 2011 - Pat Breen

“Shannon Airport is the key driver for economic activity in this Region and the restoration of its fortunes is hugely important for the revival of Industrial and Tourism Development in the Region. Over the last number of years passenger traffic at the Airport had declined significantly, so on assuming office, the new Government’s has placed a special emphasis on the Airport and we are focused very much on how we can develop the Airport for the betterment of the main stakeholders both at the Airport and in the Region.

Already movement has been achieved on the Lynx Cargo Project which when established will result in the Lynx Company creating their first real project in Europe. I understand that Lynx and the DAA are currently ironing out the finer details and I expect that negotiations could be concluded in the near future paving the way for this project to get underway. I am also involved in discussions to see how we can develop cargo further at the Airport and given the availability of US Pre Clearance facilities at Shannon, the next step would be to encourage the US Government to expand the facility to include cargo pre clearance.

In relation to the operation of the three Main Airports I have held numerous meetings with the Minister for Transport Leo Vardakar over the past few months in relation to my concerns for Shannon Airport and I can assure you that the Minister is very much aware of Shannon’s role in balanced regional development while at the same time conscious of the need to secure the airport’s future on a sound economic footing.

I am also in regular contact with staff representatives and I want to re-assure staff working in Shannon Airport once again that no decisions whatsoever have been taken on the future of the Airport and that they will be fully consulted on any plans or proposals going forward.

Already movement has been achieved on the Lynx Cargo Project which when established will result in the Lynx Company creating their first real project in Europe. I understand that Lynx and the DAA are currently ironing out the finer details and I expect that negotiations could be concluded in the near future paving the way for this project to get underway. I am also involved in discussions to see how we can develop cargo further at the Airport and given the availability of US Pre Clearance facilities at Shannon, the next step would be to encourage the US Government to expand the facility to include cargo pre clearance.

In relation to the operation of the three Main Airports I have held numerous meetings with the Minister for Transport Leo Vardakar over the past few months in relation to my concerns for Shannon Airport and I can assure you that the Minister is very much aware of Shannon’s role in balanced regional development while at the same time conscious of the need to secure the airport’s future on a sound economic footing.

I am also in regular contact with staff representatives and I want to re-assure staff working in Shann