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Shannon Airport celebrates 80th anniversary

Tuesday, 9th July, 2019 4:13pm
Shannon Airport celebrates 80th anniversary

Shannon Airport was the first European gateway for transatlantic flights .

Shannon Airport celebrates 80th anniversary

Shannon Airport was the first European gateway for transatlantic flights .

Shannon Airport will on Thursday celebrate 80 years as the centre piece and driver of the regional economy as it marks the landing of its first passenger aircraft way back on July 11th, 1939.

 

Some 80 years ago to the day a Belgian airliner - tri-motor Sabena Davoia Marchetti S-73 – landed on the newly opened and then named Rineanna airfield and gave lift-off to what would soon after become known as Shannon Airport and an economic transformation of a region.

 

Fast forward the 80 years and Shannon Airport is today Ireland’s second-largest long-haul airport, the only one outside the capital offering direct flights to all key Irish markets – the UK, European mainland and US. It plays a critical role in facilitating and driving economic growth, with over 40% of US FDI companies in Ireland within the airport’s catchment. 

 

Mary Considine, Acting CEO, Shannon Group said that celebrating the 80th anniversary cannot be passed without acknowledging all who worked across the decades to make Shannon such a pivotal asset for the region.  “We are hugely proud of history here at Shannon, and our pioneering reputation is recognised and respected across the world of aviation.  Shannon Airport was the first European gateway for transatlantic flights and over the past eight decades we have welcomed every serving US President, royalty, famous actors and musicians along with tens of millions of international travellers.”

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