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Aviation Development

Shannon Airport is Ireland’s second-largest long-haul airport and the premier gateway for all passengers from the West of Ireland. It is centrally located and close to the second, third and fourth largest cities of Cork (1hr 40mins), Limerick (25mins), Galway (45mins).

Almost 50% of Foreign Direct Investment in Ireland is located in the greater Shannon catchment area and Key sectors include Aerospace, Software, Engineering, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals and Electronics. This is complemented by a network of smaller Irish companies that support these multinationals. The region has a strong base of medical device and healthcare companies, and a cluster of aircraft maintenance and engine repair facilities located at the airport.

Successful track record

The Shannon Free Zone, adjacent to Shannon Airport, is Ireland's largest cluster of North American investments and has a successful track record as a location for international companies wishing to invest in Europe. 

Shannon's transport infrastructure is geared towards offering fast, efficient and cost-effective transport to international markets. Shannon is also centrally located on the main National Route Road Network and close to rail and seaport facilities. Powered by a good connectivity, pro-business regulatory environment and cosmopolitan work environment, Shannon is one of Ireland’s stand-out business locations.

At Shannon Airport we are committed to developing new routes and services for our customers. It is our intention to sustain and expand the range of routes available and we recognise that a priority for customers choosing Shannon is efficient and convenient access to global air services.

Supporting new routes and development

As a commercial company, we wish to encourage the development of services which meet our customer requirements. In this regard we will support the commencement of new routes and traffic growth through our route support and incentive schemes.

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