Shannon to target US military traffic

Irish Examiner: Shannon to target Dublin-bound flyers for growth
By Pat Flynn . Thursday, January 24, 2013

Shannon Airport plans to target passengers travelling from the mid-west to Dublin for flights as part of its plan to increase
passengers numbers. The head of the Shannon Airport Authority also stated that the airport
wants to secure connectivity with a second European hub.

Lawyer and Clare native Rose Hynes, who was appointed by the Government as chair of the new authority last month, addressed the
Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications on its future plans. While Ms Hynes confirmed none of the 230 staff at Shannon will lose
their jobs, there was a need for certain "efficiencies".

"The airport’s cost base is currently higher than its industry peers, partly because of its reduced traffic levels. Productivity
improvements and flexible work practices can help to reduce this disadvantage." ...

...She was also asked about Shannon’s "over-reliance" on US military traffic which has dropped significantly over the past year. "Military
traffic has been in the DNA of Shannon for many years.
"It’s something that’s important, it’s lucrative and we are certainly going to go after it as much as possible."

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Shannon targets Dublin traffic. Irish Independent. Thursday January 24 2013.

Pat Flynn

THE new chair of Shannon Airport Authority (SAA) has confirmed plans to target passengers travelling from the mid-west to Dublin to catch
flights and to connect with a second European hub. Yesterday Rose Hynes, appointed by the Government as SAA chair last
month, addressed the Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications...
...She also pointed out that the airport would continue to target the 'lucrative' US military traffic, which has dropped significantly over
the past 12 months.