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Shannon Airport lands major conferences for world's leading airline representative body

27 June 2013

Shannon Airport’s status on the global aviation map has been reaffirmed by the decision of the representative body for the aviation industry worldwide to bring three conferences to the region later this year. 

Up to 350 representatives of the world’s leading airlines are expected to attend the International Air Transport Association (IATA) cargo-related conferences over successive days at the Strand Hotel, Limerick from November 19th to 21st.

IATA is the trade association for the world’s airlines, representing some 240 airlines in over 115 countries. Carrying 84% of the world’s air traffic, IATA members include the world’s leading passenger and cargo airlines, including American Airlines, SWISS, Air India, China Airlines, Delta Airlines, Air Canada, Turkish Airlines, British Airways, South African Airways, Air France, Lufthansa, KLM, United Airlines and AVIANCA.

The conferences were secured for the region by Clare Senator Tony Mulcahy and Brian Stapleton, Founder and Chairman of the Irish Aviation Leadership Group (IALG), with the support of Shannon Airport.  It is the first time in over 30 years that the global representative body for airlines will have brought a conference to the region. 

Welcoming the decision by IATA to host the events here, Shannon Airport Chairman Rose Hynes said, “We are delighted that IATA has decided to bring the conferences here and are very grateful to both Senator Mulcahy and Brian Stapleton who were key driving forces behind securing them for the region. 

“Cargo has been identified as one of the potential growth areas for Shannon so this will be an excellent opportunity to host, and network with, key players in the sector from across the globe.  We will be working hard to make sure we capitalise on this specific opportunity but also to sell the wider Shannon story to delegates.  Ultimately, we want them to return to their airlines with the message that this is an airport that is very much open for business".

The conference themes are: 

  • Cargo and Mail Supply Chain Security – this will assist industry stakeholders in gaining a better understanding of existing and upcoming legislation, standards and recommendations aimed at enhancing cargo and mail security, including protecting against risks of attacks by terrorists and other criminals
  • Cargo Claims and Loss Prevention – this will address a critical area of protecting the integrity and obligation of all parties within the supply chain
  • Lithium Battery Workshop - the objective of the seminar is to provide a practical explanation on how to ship lithium batteries

Said Senator Mulcahy: “This important industry event attracts representatives from the entire supply chain and delegates from all around the world including those representing airlines, airports, freight forwarders, shippers, customs officials, regulators and civil aviation authorities. The gathering of such key decision makers and industry experts provides a valuable opportunity for Shannon Airport to showcase its potential as an air cargo hub and to further develop the level of cargo business currently being generated at the facility and surrounding area.

“Future developments regarding cargo business and facilities at the newly independent Shannon Airport and the renewed push to promote the Shannon Free Zone mean that Shannon and the surrounding region are particularly well-positioned to attract exporting companies in the future. These conferences will help advance this potential. 

"I am delighted to have played a role in securing this conference for the Mid West by liaising with IATA on behalf of the Government. I want to acknowledge Shannon Airport Chair Rose Hynes and Brian Stapleton of the IALG, a network of global Irish aviation leaders whose main focus is to foster the links between Ireland and global aviation industry, for their work in helping to secure the conference. I also want to thank Karen Brosnahan on the Shannon Conference and Sports Bureau as well as the Strand Hotel for their assistance.”

Said Brian Stapleton: “I am delighted that International Airline Transport Association (IATA) has chosen the Shannon region to host three Cargo Conferences here in 2013.  The 350 delegates attending these conferences in November will provide a great boost for the Mid-West region economically and will showcase to the international cargo industry the expertise, capability and potential that Shannon Airport and the region provides.”

“Given we are in the year of The Gathering, it will be great to see so many international airline cargo executives visiting Ireland. Many will bring their families and trace their Irish ancestors while they are in the mid-west region.  I am sure IATA and its delegates will have a most memorable conference experience, thus enhancing the regions business and tourism credentials.”

Mr Stapleton, who is the Founder and Chairman of the Irish Aviation Leadership Group and also Managing Director of Periploi Aviation with offices in Ireland and Australia, added:   “We are delighted that we can use our network of relationships from around the world to support the Irish aviation sector.” 

Pictured above are Brian Stapleton, Founder of the Irish Aviation Leadership Group, Senator Tony Mulcahy and Shannon Airport Authority  Chairman Rose Hynes at the announcement that IATA will host three international aviation conferences over successive days at the Strand Hotel, Limerick in November. 

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