12/03/2019 Shannon welcomes opportunity to extend US Preclearance facilities Tuesday 12th March 2019: Shannon Group has welcomed the Irish government’s signing of a revised agreement with the United States on Air Transport Preclearance. The agreement was signed on behalf of Ireland by the Irish Ambassador to the United States, Mr Dan Mulhall, today in Washington and will now be referred to the Dáil for final approval before coming into force. Commenting on the announcement Andrew Murphy, Managing Director, Shannon Airport, a Shannon Group company said: “This is a welcome announcement as it will allow us to enhance our US Preclearance service at Shannon for our airline customers, in particular our business jet operators. “It means we will be able to extend our US Preclearance service. Currently our US Preclearance operates from 09:00am to 17:00 daily, but with the new US agreement we will now be able to extend these hours and offer an out of hours service. This is something which our executive jet customers in particular have requested. They see the time saving benefits as it allows them to fly directly to their home airport from Shannon, rather having to go to a designated clearance airport in the US first before making the onward flight to their home airport. “In August 2009 Shannon became the first airport in Europe to have full US Preclearance having operated a US Pre-inspection facility since 1986. Shannon Airport was the first airport in the world to offer full US preclearance for private aircraft since 2010 and is still the only airport in either Europe or the Middle East with this unique service,” Mr Murphy concluded.