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Cigarettes seized at airport

As part of Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting the importation of illegal cigarettes, officers from Revenue’s Customs Service at Shannon Airport on Wednesday seized 70,000 cigarettes with a retail value of €33,600 and a potential loss to the exchequer of €28,500. The “Sept Wolves” cigarettes were concealed in a consignment of airfreight which had arrived into Shannon from China. Investigations are ongoing. If businesses or members of the public have any information regarding the smuggling or sale of illegal cigarettes or tobacco, they can contact Revenue in confidence on free phone number 1800 295 295  

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Shannon Airport on the up

Shannon Airport’s steady recovery in passenger numbers continued for a third consecutive month in August, figures revealed by the airport today show. Passenger numbers for the month show that 170,000 people travelled through Shannon in August, a 3% increase on August 2012. The increase comes on the back of strong gains also in June – the first time in five years growth was seen in month-over-month figures – and July. Transatlantic services again showed the greatest uplift in August, with 35% more passengers travelling between Shannon and the US/Canada compared to 12 months ago.

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Shannon nominated for global award

SHANNON Airport has been shortlisted for a prestigious global award. It is one of five airports on the shortlist in the under four million passengers category at the World Routes Awards 2013, which will be held in Las Vegas next month. The annual awards provide the airline community with a chance to reward the airports they feel provide the best overall marketing services to them. The other finalists are airports in Australia, Russia, Tanzania and the Ukraine. Shannon has added new routes to Chicago and Philadelphia this year and airport CEO Neil Pakey feels this is why it is being recognised. “It’s recognition of achievement in terms of route development and market development. I think what we’ve done in the US this year is why we’ve been shortlisted.” Mr Pakey said he thinks the nomination will boost the Clare airport. “You get profile across the industry and when you meet the carriers they know about it and it all helps. …

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Shannon CEO gets hurling introduction

HE’S more used to soccer and rugby, but Shannon Airport’s new CEO Neil Pakey has already got the hurling bug. From Troon, on Scotland’s west coast, he has spent a lifetime following the fortunes of Scottish sides, he says that hurling has an appeal all of its own and that he can’t understand how it isn’t better known around the world. “I was lucky enough to have gone to the quarter final between Clare and Galway and the two things that got me most were the speed of the game and banter between the fans. “You almost need a trained eye to follow the ball, the game is that fast. Only for the umpires and their green and white flags, I really didn’t know wheter or not the players had actually scored.” The banter among the supporters was what got to him the most. “I learned all sorts of things from the fans, including the wide variety of names to …

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