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Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton Visits Shannon Airport


Shannon Group were delighted to welcome Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton T.D to Shannon Airport and the surrounding campus today.  It was an opportunity for the Minster to see first-hand the airport operations since the recommencement of international travel and the developments that have taken place on the wider airport campus.
During her visit Minister Naughton was also given a tour of the new Hold Baggage Screening facilities in the airport, which the Exchequer provided some €6m in funding to ensure its completion.  The Minster of State also visited the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operation in the airport which was the first preclearance facility for scheduled transatlantic traffic in Europe. The Minister is hopeful that we will see a return of transatlantic flights from Shannon in the near future.

CEO Shannon Group, Mary Considine said;
It was great to welcome Minister Naughton to Shannon Airport to see the progress we have made on upgrading our core infrastructure including our new Hold Baggage Screening facility which will be completed shortly. We have used the downtime during the Pandemic to progress these essential works which would not have been possible without Government support. We also welcomed the opportunity to update the Minister on some of the exciting developments taking place on the airport campus including our ongoing work with Future Mobility Campus Ireland to develop a test-bed for driverless cars and future plans to establish Ireland’s first passenger and cargo vertiport.”
A group of local representatives from Clare and Limerick joined the airport tour with Minister Hildegarde.

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