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#Shannon Airport

# shannon-airport - Tuesday 19 June, 2012

Unions, staff to hold talks at Shannon over plans to sell off hangar

Staff and unions for Aer Lingus are unhappy with the plan which will see 55 workers face compulsory redundancy or relocation.

# shannon-airport - Wednesday 9 May, 2012

Shannon Airport to break away from DAA

Ryanair has criticised the government for not looking to sell Shannon Airport to the private sector.

# shannon-airport - Saturday 28 April, 2012

Hands on: Shannon worker becomes unexpected Olympic torchbearer

The torch made an unscheduled stop at Shannon Airport yesterday.

# shannon-airport - Thursday 12 April, 2012

Commercial traffic down at Ireland's three major airports

Figures from the Irish Aviation Authority show a decline in traffic for the first quarter of 2012 when compared with 2011.

# shannon-airport - Thursday 22 March, 2012

Broken oven fan forces plane to make emergency landing at Shannon

The Dallas-bound American Airlines jet was already over the Atlantic when crew detected a worrying smell of smoke.

# shannon-airport - Wednesday 29 February, 2012

Report recommends Shannon Airport separate from Dublin Airport Authority

A consultants’ report has recommended changes to the airport’s management structure in light of annual losses and declining passenger numbers.

# shannon-airport - Thursday 23 February, 2012

Why do China's leaders love visiting Shannon?

Newswhip’s Paul Quigley discovers how Shannon, Co Clare helped invent modern China.

# shannon-airport - Wednesday 1 February, 2012

January 2012 warmer (but wetter and duller) than average

Some of Met Éireann’s weather stations recorded their warmest January in two decades.

# shannon-airport - Wednesday 25 January, 2012

Transatlantic flight diverted to Shannon after ‘smell of smoke’ on board

The British Airways flight resumed its journey to Chicago in the early hours of this morning.

# shannon-airport - Tuesday 24 January, 2012

Over 1,100 planes carrying military arms landed at Shannon Airport in 2011

The Minister for Transport has also said that under 250,000 American soldiers passed through the airport in 2011.

# shannon-airport - Thursday 22 December, 2011

The 5 at 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

Gardaí investigating graffiti on US plane at Shannon

The aircraft was targeted while parked on a runway at Shannon Airport.

# shannon-airport - Monday 5 December, 2011

Plane in landing accident at Cork Airport

An investigation has been opened into the incident involving the nose wheel of a light aircraft.

# shannon-airport - Wednesday 23 November, 2011

Shannon Airport could become international 'humanitarian hub'

The Government has commissioned a feasibility study on developing the airport as a centre for international aid.

# shannon-airport - Monday 24 October, 2011

Cork and Shannon airports could be privatised - Varadkar

The transport minister has said the two airports are losing millions of euro every year.

# shannon-airport - Tuesday 20 September, 2011

Gilmore accepts US assurance of no rendition flights through Shannon

Eamon Gilmore says he’ll take the United States’ word that its Air Force did not carry prisoners of war through Shannon.

# shannon-airport - Thursday 15 September, 2011

TD says independence from DAA is the only answer for Shannon Airport

Fine Gael TD Joe Carey has called for independence for Shannon from the Dublin Airport Authority, and says the management of the airport needs to be overhauled.

# shannon-airport - Monday 12 September, 2011

Shannon Airport says Ryanair claims are self-serving untruths

Shannon Airport Authority has reacted angrily to Ryanair’s claims that the airport is pricing itself out of existence.

# shannon-airport - Thursday 1 September, 2011

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things you should know this morning…

# shannon-airport - Saturday 20 August, 2011

Man due in court after transatlantic flight forced to divert to Shannon

A flight from Washington to Vienna was forced to divert to Shannon Airport after an on-board incident.

# shannon-airport - Friday 12 August, 2011

Take 5: Friday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.

US was willing to leave Shannon - and Ireland wanted them to stay

Documents obtained by RTÉ outline how the US had offered to stop using the Shannon stopover, but was asked not to.

# shannon-airport - Sunday 17 July, 2011

The Daily Fix: Sunday

In your Sunday Fix: A certain ginger-haired former media executive is arrested; the cost of smoking to Ireland’s economy; Come on Clarkey! and Hackgate: The Movie.

Shannon airport reopens following incident

No one was injured in the earlier incident involving an Aer Lingus Regional flight.

Shannon Airport closed following technical failure on Aer Arann plane

A technical incident involving an Aer Arann plane, which had landed safely, will see Shannon shut until 4pm.

# shannon-airport - Tuesday 24 May, 2011

BA flight to Boston stops in Shannon following ‘technical fault’

A transatlantic flight from London to Boston is forced to land at Shannon, and is set to take off again this morning.

# shannon-airport - Thursday 24 February, 2011

Irish museums and galleries boast 3 million visitors in 2010

Over 3.5 million people attended exhibits and events in Ireland’s cultural institutions – up by 7 per cent on 2009.

# shannon-airport - Thursday 10 February, 2011

Pilots' association says 'speculation' about cause of crash is not helpful.

‘Misleading’ and “hastily-drawn conclusions” criticised as final moments of Cork plane accident are analysed.

# shannon-airport - Friday 17 December, 2010

Ahern suspected US carried prisoners through Shannon: WikiLeaks

Dermot Ahern suspected there had been at least three rendition flights through Shannon, but took America’s word for it – even though he feared paying “a severe political price”.

Ireland suspected Shannon had carried prisoners: the WikiLeak in full

The full text of the leaked document suggesting Ireland believed Shannon Airport had been used to transfer prisoners of war.

# shannon-airport - Wednesday 1 December, 2010

Government targeted US-Shannon flights to dampen election criticism - WikiLeaks

The US government considered a civil case against five Irish anti-war protestors, according to the first WikiLeaks document on Ireland.

The first Irish WikiLeak: the full contents

The full transcript of the leaked memo written by ambassador James C Kenny on the US attitude to flights at Shannon.

# shannon-airport - Monday 22 November, 2010

Three Delta flights make emergency landings over weekend

Two Boeing 767s with 400 people make premature landings during internal US flights, a day after one stops in Shannon.

# shannon-airport - Wednesday 8 September, 2010

Ryanair cuts 21% of flights to Shannon airport

The budget airline blames the government’s 10% travel tax for disincentivising travel to the Co Clare airport.

Ryanair to axe more services at Shannon

…Just after Aer Lingus announces cuts in winter flights at the airport.

# shannon-airport - Saturday 31 July, 2010

FINE GAEL MUNSTER MEP Seán Kelly believes that Shannon airport should be renamed, claiming that it doesn’t get as much business as it possibly could because people overseas aren’t sure where ‘Shannon’ is.

His proposal is to rename it as the Ireland Atlantic Coast airport – but here’s our alternative suggestions.

JP McManus Airport
Let’s be fair. Ireland’s richest man – worth an estimated €1.2bn – is probably the single thing keeping the Shannon region afloat in the last couple of years.

But as a major philanthropist – having manufactured a ‘Sporting Limerick’ brand to sponsor Limerick’s GAA teams – he’s also done enough for the region in a legitimate sense.

People who’ll support this: The Limerick GAA county board
People who’ll oppose this: People who resent him for selling Man United to the Glazer family; Opposing racehorse owners.

Limerick Airport
Why not just call a spade a spade? If the problem is that nobody knows where ‘Shannon’ is, why don’t we call it after where it is?

Well, of course, there’s a good reason. Though the airport is considered to be the one that serves Limerick, it’s actually in County Clare. But as anyone who flies Ryanair will know, airports aren’t always necessarily where they’re supposed to be.

People who’ll support this: People from Limerick.
People who’ll oppose this: People from Clare; Cartographers.

Patrick Hillery Airport
If we’re going to acknowledge that the airport’s actually in Clare, then maybe we ought to name it after one of the county’s most famous sons, the two-term President of Ireland?

Hillery was never contested for Ireland’s highest office – being an unopposed candidate on both occasions he ran – and was described as “honourable, decent, intelligent, courteous, warm and engaging” by Brian Cowen at his funeral.

People who’ll support this: Fianna Fáil; people who would rather name it after Hillery than after another former Clare TD, Éamon de Valera.
People who’ll oppose this: The same people who don’t want Dublin Airport named after Seán Lemass.

Keith Wood Airport
One of Ireland’s greatest rugby exports. He himself was from Clare; his dad Gordon – who also played for Ireland, the Lions, Garryowen and Harlequins – was from Limerick. ‘Nuff said.

People who’ll support this: Peladophiles (lovers of baldness); Munster and Harlequins rugby fans
People who’ll oppose this: Peladophobes.

Angela’s Ashes Airport
For what is Limerick most known worldwide? No, it’s not knife crime: among other things, it’s for being the setting of Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir.

Of course, there are probably better ideas than naming it after a city with a killer river in which every child seems to catch ‘the consumption‘. Can’t you tell we’re scraping the barrel at this stage?

People who’ll support this: People who appreciate the coolness of having an airport with the ‘AAA’ code.
People who’ll oppose this: The operators of Anaa Airport in French Polynesia, which already uses the ‘AAA’ code.

The Star, reporting the story, reckons other worthy subjects would include Terry Wogan, Celia Holman Lee, Paul O’Connell, Irish Coffee, and Richard Harris.

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