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Andrew Kelly

Shannon man elected president of airline representative body

SHANNON man Andrew Kelly has been elected president of the European Regions Airline Association, a representative body for 53 airlines and 22 airports, including Shannon. Director of corporate affairs at ASL Aviation, Mr Kelly is a past pupil of St Senan’s National School and St Patrick’s Comprehensive. He still regularly visits Shannon for work and to see family members. Mr Kelly has had a varied career, which began as a journalist. “I worked in the Limerick Echo first and then The Clare News. Part of my job was to cover Shannon and all the aviation in Shannon. I was in RTÉ for 10 years and I covered aviation there. Then, as a consultant in the commercial world, I worked for Aer Lingus for about 13 years. “I worked with their corporate affairs department, I worked with their marketing department and I also did their inflight entertainment. “One of the chief executives in Aer Lingus that I worked with was Gary …

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Bomb squad at Shannon but no explosives detected

NO explosives were found after a suspicious device was examined by an Explosives Ordnance Disposal team at Shannon Airport on Monday evening. An adapted phone in the hand luggage of a Bangladeshi man who was on a Kuwait-New York flight aroused suspicion at Shannon’s US pre-clearance facility around 4pm. The suspect phone was then subject to a chemical examination, which is used to test for certain chemicals. It tested positive, but such a result can also be returned if an object has been exposed to certain substances, not linked to explosives. Following the test the smoking areas at Shannon were evacuated for a short period of time and the device was brought to a safe location outside the airport. Gardai summoned the Explosives Ordnance Disposal team from Cork and following further examination they determined that there were no explosives present. The owner of the phone, who is in his mid 50s, is understood to have been very co-operative with the …

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Council urges public to avoid exposed coastal locations

    Clare County Council is warning peoploe to avoid exposed coastal locations throughout Friday night and Saturday due to forecast stormy conditions. A Status Orange wind warning has been issued for the Banner County as Storm Brian is expected to peak early on Saturday with winds at their strongest along the coast. Met Éireann says southeast winds of mean speeds 55 to 65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110km/h, will veer west or northwest and strengthen further during the night, reaching orange level with mean speeds of 65-80 km/h with gusts 110-130 km/h. Winds will ease from orange warning level to yellow warning level during Saturday evening. It also warns there is a risk of coastal flooding, which has placed communities in West and North Clare on red alert. In addition, a Status Yellow wind warning has been issued for the entire country with gusts of up to 110kmh forecast – and going higher in coastal parts of the south …

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Shannon Airport update: Numerous flights cancelled.

    THE following flights landed safely at Shannon this morning: Aer Lingus New York EI110 landed at 05:27am Aer Lingus Boston EI134 landed at 05:33am Norwegian Air Providence landed at 06:55am The following flights departed from Shannon this morning: Ryanair Manchester FR4777 departed at 07:14am Ryanair London Stansted FR102 departed at 07:19am Aer Lingus London Heathrow EI380 departed at 07:41am However, at this point the following flights have been cancelled: Aer Lingus Regional Edinburgh EI3675 inbound service due at 10:35am Aer Lingus Regional Edinburgh EI3672  outbound service due to depart 11:05am Aer Lingus Regional Birmingham EI 3639 inbound at 6:35pm Aer Lingus Regional Birmingham EI3638 outbound at 7:00pm Aer Lingus London/Heathrow EI381 inbound at 11:15am Aer Lingus London/Heathrow EI384 outbound at 12:30pm Ryanair Wroclaw FR1172 departing at 10:50am and returning at 5:00 pm as FR1173 Ryanair Faro FR2303 departing at 10:20am, and returning at 4:20PM as FR2304 Ryanair Lanzarote FR1345 at 11:30am and returning as FR1344 at 12.00 noon. …

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Shannon Airport remains open during Hurricane Ophelia

Shannon Airport will remain open throughout Monday, despite the potential impact of Hurricane Ophelia. A Shannon Airport spokeswoman stressed the safety of passengers and staff is its first priority. The spokesperson asked passengers to contact their airline with regard to updates on schedule changes for Monday. However, at this point the airport is aware of the following flight cancellations: Aer Lingus Regional EI3675/3672 from and to Edinburgh and EI 3639/3638 from and to Birmingham, and London/Heathrow EI381 and EI384 with Aer Lingus. Delta flight DL406 from NY JFK has been diverted to Dublin Airport. “Airlines will continue to advise passengers of schedule changes and we advise intending passengers to check the status of their flight with their airline before travelling to the airport tomorrow.  Shannon Airport will continue monitoring the situation throughout the day and live flight information is available on www.shannonairport.ie or on the Shannon Airport App. “Shannon Airport will post airport operational updates tomorrow on its social media channels …

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‘devastated’ at axing of Shannon-Chicago route

Following news that United Airlines is to cease its seasonal transatlantic service from Shannon to Chicago from next year, Mary Gleeson, general manager of the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis, has urged Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to do all in their power to reinstate the key route. “After five years of promoting the Chicago-Shannon route to all our contacts, we are devastated to hear that United Airlines appear to be walking away from it. “We understand that the summer period was very successful for these flights and every time I met a client who had travelled on it, I was told that the flight was full or close to it. So I find the claim that the route is no longer financially viable hard to believe. “Surely the loss of this valuable route, in terms of regional development, particularly with the success of the Wild Atlantic Way, warrants the intervention of the …

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Shannon shortlisted for social media competition

The Wild Atlantic Way is one hour from winning even more tourists for 2018 thanks to a world-first social media competition that has seen Shannon Airport shortlisted for a Cologone, Germany route. Shannon will vie with two other airports – Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Trapani in Italy – in a vote-off in the first ever Facebook competition for an airline service. The novel competition by Eurowings offers the opportunity to regions to have a direct service to Cologne on its summer schedule for next year.  The service would be another major boost to tourism along the western seaboard, with the German demand growing for the unique and increasingly popular Wild Atlantic Way offering. The vote will take place on Eurowings’ Facebook account facebook.com/eurowings/ (the link will also be available on www.shannonairport.ie) between 2pm and 3pm on Wednesday. The airports were announced as the three shortlisted out of ten selected earlier for the competition. Shannon is the only Irish airport in Ireland to …

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€15m Shannon runway resurfacing completed ahead of schedule

Shannon Airport and Lagan Asphalt Group have announced the completion of a €15 million resurfacing project on Ireland’s longest runway, eight weeks ahead of schedule. Work commenced in May, including the full rehabilitation of 2,400 metres of runway surface, the replacement of runway edge and centre line lighting with energy efficient LED lighting, ducing and other associated works. A team of 90 people and 70 vehicles worked on the runway at night to avoid disrupting flights. The project is part of a €15m investment programme and was financed through a loan secured from the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund. Matthew Thomas, CEO of Shannon Group said, “The runway is the main artery of Shannon Airport and has been one of the most important pieces of infrastructure in the region since its construction in 1961. It provides a crucial link to the global community and has facilitated the growth of Irish tourism and business in the region for over 55 years.” He …

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