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Fined €1,000 for causing Shannon flight diversion

A 28-year-old American man has been fined €1,000 after a plane was forced to divert to Shannon Airport. The diversion coast the airline €100,000. Barman Jody Bochner of Miami, Florida appeared at Limerick District Court, charged with threatening and abusive behaviour; being intoxicated and failing to obey directions from cabin crew. The Norwegian Air flight had been in the air for 40 minutes when cabin crew were alerted to smoke in one of the lavatories. An e-cigarette was allegedly taken from Bochner and he was returned to his seat. Around 20 minutes later Bochner became abusive and attempted to hit one of the male cabin crew members before he was restrained and handcuffed with the help of some passengers. Defence solicitor Stiofan Fitzpatrick said the incident was extremely unfortunate and there was no rhyme nor reason to explaining his client’s actions. He said his client was returning to America after visiting his girlfriend in London and had taken drink to …

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Minister Pat Breen

Turkey gains cargo rights at Shannon

A new bilateral agreement between Ireland and Turkey giving fifth freedom rights for air cargo services, will pave the way for airlines like Turkish Airlines to have pick up rights for cargo at Shannon. In announcing the initiative, chairman of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee, Pat Breen said this represents a significant boost, both for Shannon Airport and the wider region. “This is new era for bilateral relations between Turkish Airlines and Shannon Airport. Turkish Airlines, who already operate services into and out of Dublin, have recognised the potential for development at Shannon Airport. The airline has also been using Shannon Airport as a refuelling stop, which has been going very well. “I have been heavily involved with discussions with Turkish Airlines and has been working closely with the Shannon Airport Authorities and the Turkish Airlines. I met Dr Temil Kotil, CEO of Turkish Airlines in Ankara in order to explore the opportunities for services into Shannon. My understanding from …

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Shannon Airport ‘a shining example ‘

Tourism Minister, Paschal Donohoe last night (Friday) presented a specially commissioned trophy to Shannon Airport for “Best International Access Initiative” at the first ever Irish Tourism Industry Awards. This is an inaugural national scheme identifying those who are making major difference in the tourism industry. Designed with the intention of rewarding innovation in tourism, significant initiatives at home and overseas and the best examples of improvement to the tourism experience, the Irish Tourism Industry Awards ultimately identified Shannon Airport as a worthy winner from a very strong field of over 330 entries. Since its independence in January 2013, Shannon Airport has delivered significant growth in air services and visitors to the West of Ireland, becoming the fastest growing airport in Ireland. It welcomed 3,200 additional scheduled flights in 2014, with 12 new routes, while visitors arriving on direct flights into Shannon generated over €286m in tourism spend from 2013-2014. The awards were organised by the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation (ITIC), …

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Wallace and Daly convicted, say they won’t pay fines

TDs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace have vowed not to pay €2,000 fines imposed on them at Ennis District Court this evening, after Judge Patrick Durcan found them guilty of offences at Shannon Airport last summer. Asked is she would pay the monies Deputy Daly replied “absolutely not” while the Wexford man replied “You know what, I wouldn’t pay that fine to save my life.” They also say they will not appeal the convictions. The TDs faced charges of climbing a perimeter fence at Shannon Airport and entering a part of the airport to which they were not permitted on July 22 of last year, contrary to the Airport Byelaws of 1994. Ms Daly said that the two TDs will continue to be active in the campaign against the US military use of Shannon. “Of course we will, yeah. We will absolutely continue in this and we have not intention of paying a financial contribution to a State that allow …

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That summer feeling at Shannon

Summer at Shannon has officially kicked in with the airport looking forward to a bumper season again this year. In all, the airport will this summer serve 35 destinations across 11 countries, as it continues the momentum set last year, when Shannon achieved significant growth, particularly in the summer period. Summer 2015, according to Shannon Group plc chief commercial officer, Andrew Murphy, will further highlight the growing demand for inbound and outbound services through Shannon. “We are in April and there is already a summer feel here, not just because of the sunshine but because we are seeing a major pick up in passenger numbers. “Over the course of the summer we will see a 6% increase in capacity on US services, with Delta extending its season on JFK New York and American Airlines increasing its capacity by 58% on Philadelphia services. “We look set to repeat last year’s fantastic summer season on European services as well.The great thing about …

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Government’s seven airport ideas

The Government has made seven submissions for funding under the new EU Juncker investment plan for Shannon Airport. The European Commission under the auspice of Commission president, Jean Claude Juncker announced a €315 billion investment plan last November to get Europe growing again. Member states have been asked by the European Commission to submit an initial list of projects, which they felt could be suitable for the programme. Commenting on the inclusion of projects from Shannon Airport, Ireland South MEP, Deirdre Clune described it as “a vote of confidence.” “The seven projects include the construction of three c.6,751 square metre wide body hangers, full renewal of the Shannon airport runway, development of a corporate aviation and cargo terminal infrastructure, fourth generation office blocks in the Shannon Free Zone and refurbishment of the main Shannon airport terminal building,” observed Ms Clune. “One of my main concerns is that we would submit a fair balance of projects from outside the sprawling Dublin …

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Atlantic Aviation to hire apprentices

Atlantic Aviation Group, the Shannon-based aircraft maintenance specialist, has exited High Court protection following its acquisition by new owner, Patrick Jordan. The news comes after a 3-month examinership process succeeded in securing the business which employs 220 staff. Following its acquisition, Atlantic Aviation Group’s new owner, Patrick Jordan announced that he intends to continue to operate the company as a leading independent maintenance, repair and overhaul specialist and to grow the workforce in 2015 by hiring new apprentices. Founded in 1962, the company, formerly known as Atlantic Aviaton , provides comprehensive maintenance and modification services to airline operators and leasing companies from around the world. Atlantic Aviation Group is a major employer in the Mid-West region, with a highly skilled workforce renowned for its expertise and craftsmanship. It provides maintenance on Boeing 737, 757 and 767 type aircraft and holds approvals with EASA, FAA, Canadian and Bermudan.

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Attempt to ‘inspect’ US planes at Shannon

  A FILE is to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions after a veteran peace activist allegedly attempted to approach US military planes on the tarmac at Shannon Airport yesterday morning. The man in question has been very active in the campaign against the US use of the airport and he is a former member of the Irish army. On Saturday morning he was due to travel to the UK to attend a conference organised by the Veterans For Peace organisation. A spokesman for peace group Shannonwatch, with which the man is associated, claimed that he had seen four Hercules aircraft parked close to the runway with no apparent oversighted and felt obliged to inspect them for weapons. The man was detained initially by Airport Police, before the Gardai were called. Shannon has seen a number of similar incidents over the last number of years, including one involving TDs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace last summer. A case …

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