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Aer Lingus commit to Shannon-Heathow and Shannon-US services

SHANNON is set to have its three daily Heathrow services restored from late March. Aer Lingus launched its 2022 summer schedule today, in which it stated it will be restoring Shannon-Heathrow and also running Shannon-New York and Shannon-Boston services. Having all three routes is vital to Shannon and to the wider Mid West area, as they offer fantastic connectivity for business and tourism. While Aer Lingus had been selling Shannon-US seats for some time, the airline had been somewhat coy about the future of the services, saying all transatlantic services were under review. At the moment Shannon only has one daily Heathrow service, but according to its schedule that will increase to two in the New Year, before going back to three daily in late March. Shannon Group CEO Mary Considine said she was very pleased with this morning’s news. “Today is a great day for the West of Ireland economy. It is great to get these strategic routes back …

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Clare men glad to be back in the Shed

After an enforced closure due to Covid-19 restrictions, Shannon’s Men’s Shed members are meeting up once again IT has been a long and trying hiatus, but the Shannon Men’s Shed is up and running again. With older men at a particular risk of social isolation, the Men’s Shed offers an important outlet, but Covid meant that it was closed and its members were denied the opportunity to interact with one another. For the last few weeks they have been going to the club’s premises and spokesman Christy Collins said they are very pleased to be getting back to normality. “We had been closed for 15 to 18 months really, so the men were absolutely delighted to be back. There are a lot of men living on their own and everything was closed down. As you know a lot of men wouldn’t be going shopping, so they could end up inside watching the television.” One of the projects they are working …

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Ó Céidigh aims to restore Shannon passenger numbers by 2024

ADDRESSING the Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications, Padraig Ó Céidigh again set out his target for having Shannon back on a pre-pandemic footing by 2024. Mr Ó Céidigh, who is about to take up the position of non executive chair of Shannon Group, said, “The recovery of the aviation sector to pre-pandemic levels is likely to take many years, and it is certain that airports such as Shannon will face much increased competition for new routes during this time. “However, I have set an ambitious target to recover Shannon’s air traffic to 2019 levels by 2024.” He said that achieving this goal is very important for the region. “At the core of the Group is Shannon Airport, which provides essential air connectivity that supports businesses and the livelihoods of thousands of people in the west of Ireland. “Prior to the outbreak of the pandemic, 1.7 million passengers travelled through Shannon Airport. It is important to remember that in early …

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Former Active Retirement president slams Budget treatment of old people

A FORMER national president of Active Retirement Ireland, Shannon’s Kay Murphy was far from happy with Tuesday’s budget. A €5 increase in the State pension and a €3 increase in the living alone allowance were some of the headline items affecting older people, but they didn’t impress Kay. “We were expecting a little bit more dignity in our lives, that we wouldn’t be left on the poverty line. The €5 increase, it doesn’t bear thinking about. As for the €3 living alone allowance, that’s a total insult altogether. “At the moment it’s (the living alone allowance) €19 and it’ll go to €22. But when you’re living alone after being married and you’ve buried your spouse, you lose nearly half a pension. “Your expenses don’t go down, you’re still at the same level. It doesn’t bear thinking about, it doesn’t make up for it at all. “There are so many older people now bordering on poverty that it’s absolutely shocking. The …

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Element Six marks 60 years in Shannon

Element Six is marking 60 years of operations in Shannon today. First established in 1961, the Element Six Limited facility in Shannon develops and manufactures synthetic diamond solutions supplying global Oil & Gas, Automotive & Aerospace and Mining & Construction industries. Since 2017, the company has invested €16m on the Shannon site and has created 100 jobs in the area, bringing the total number of people employed to over 500. Over the next three years Element Six Limited will embark on further significant infrastructure programmes aimed at paving the way for the site’s future and improving the overall operational efficiency at its Shannon facility. Commenting on the anniversary Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD said, “I’d like to congratulate the entire team at Element Six on reaching their diamond anniversary. It’s an incredible milestone and I know the company is proud of its long history in Shannon, employing over 500 people. Thank you for your …

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180 jobs at risk in Shannon- “A really difficult day for our colleagues”

IN a statement Lufthansa Technik Shannon Ltd (LTSL) have acknowledged that its sale to Atlantic Aviation Group will result in job lossess. “The acquisition of LTSL by Atlantic Aviation Group will secure approximately 300 jobs. While the final numbers are still approximate, it is proposed that over 300 roles will be secured at LTSL, while approximately 180 roles are at risk of redundancy. The consultation process around the proposed redundancies will commence over the coming weeks,” it said. Pat Shine, CEO and MD of Lufthansa Technik Shannon Ltd. (LTSL) said: “The severe impact of the Covid-19 pandemic led to an extensive strategic review of the business to determine its future. Every option was explored, the priority being to protect the maximum number of jobs and the specialist experience of the LTSL workforce. The sale of LTSL to AAG, a company that understands our business and has a strategy for growth through acquisition, presented itself as the most viable solution to …

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180 job losses expected following Lufthansa Technik sale to AAG

SOURCES have this morning said that 180 jobs will be shed at Lufthansa Technik Shannon, following its acquisition by Atlantic Aviation Group. It is also understood that an existing hangar at its premises will not be operated by the company following the sale. While news of the transaction has been welcomed in some quarters this morning, there will be significant job losses, and it is understood that there is a lot of uncertainty facing staff following a briefing they were given by their employer earlier today. Clare TD Michael McNamara said clarification is needed on the future of all existing full-time jobs at Lufthansa Technik Shannon as well as the retention of the two existing aviation hangars in Shannon. Mr McNamara said he would be seeking answers from management of Lufthansa Technik Shannon Ltd and Atlantic Aviation Group when he attends a briefing on the acquisition tomorrow morning. The independent TD praised the employees of Lufthansa Technik Shannon Ltd. He …

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Atlantic Aviation Group acquires Lufthansa Technik Shannon

LOCAL company Atlantic Aviation Group (AAG) announced today that it has acquired Lufthansa Technik Shannon. The future of Lufthansa Technik Shannon had been in doubt for a number of months as a strategic review of the business was ongoing, which was followed by a sale process. It is not immediately clear what impact there will be on jobs in Shannon. While AAG released a statement this morning in which it stated that 300 Lufthansa Technik Staff would be joining AAG, there were 505 people working there in 2020. In this morning’s statement AAG said the deal “will bring AAG’s total workforce to approximately 740 people across sites in Shannon and Brize Norton in the UK. For the remainder of 2021, both companies will focus on transition planning with the aim to have a smooth integration in early 2022. The deal is subject to approval from the LHT Supervisory Board, and the terms of the sale will remain confidential.” It claimed …

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