Pictured at the launch of AirportGateway (from left): Steve Gulvin, Director of Sales, Marketing & Strategic Planning, Emerald VIP Services; Helen Downes, CEO, Shannon Chamber; Ciara O’Brien, Manager, Emerald VIP Services; Keith Wood and Peter Costelloe, Founder & Director of Operations, Emerald VIP Services.
AirportGateway® based in Ireland celebrated the official launch of its innovative airport meet and greet service today at Shannon Airport as well as announcing that the service will be available at over 200 locations globally within the next 12 months.
AirportGateway was founded by entrepreneurs Steve Gulvin & Peter Costelloe in 2016 and offers an exclusive personalised airport meet and greet service which can be combined with onward private transportation to your end destination be it your place of work, hotel or home.
“We created AirportGateway based on our own historic experiences of travelling by commercial airlines through international airports and the lack of a reliable personalised experience at an affordable cost,” stated Gulvin.
“Our goal is to provide a consistent and seamless service regardless of which airport you are flying through be it in Europe, Asia, Africa or the U.S. and to combine it where requested with private ground transportation with the entire service coordinated centrally through our HQ located at Shannon Airport.
“The service is for any traveller flying commercially be it in economy, business or first class. We spent 12 months trialling the service across multiple airports including Shannon, Dublin and Cork along with several other airports to ensure we could provide a consistent service at a price that is attractive and cost effective whether you are travelling for business or leisure purpose. Indeed, one of our first customers was a Doctor in County Clare travelling to Dublin with his wife and 3 young children who wanted to avoid the stress of driving to the airport and getting his family to the aircraft gate stress free. We have also seen considerable interest from a Health & Safety perspective from companies that have employees travelling internationally wanting to ensure they arrive safely at their end destination.
“We are delighted that Shannon Airport offered to host our launch event, indeed the assistance we have received locally has been fantastic.
“Clare Local Enterprise Office assisted us with an employment grant whilst Shannon and Limerick Chamber of Commerce have supported us through their incredible networks and we look forward to working with each of them as we build our global offering”, added Gulvin.
Welcoming the initiative Rose Hynes, Chairman, Shannon Group said: “We are delighted that AirportGateway has chosen to officially launch their business venture at Shannon Airport. Their service, which is designed to take the hassle out of navigating an airport, is an ideal fit with our philosophy at Shannon Airport where we pride ourselves on making it easier, more efficient, quicker and stress free for our customers. I wish the team every success.”
AirportGateway, owned by Gulvin, Costelloe and US based David Best has also confirmed that Keith Wood, former captain of the Irish Rugby Team, has recently joined the company as co-owner and investor.
“It’s an exciting company led by a dynamic management team with impressive plans for its innovative AirportGateway one stop airport meet and greet service and I am delighted to come on board and assist with their strategic direction” commented Wood.
Founded in 2016, AirportGateway is part of Emerald VIP Services Holdings whose portfolio includes Emerald VIP Services, an Irish based global concierge, executive transportation and aviation services provider with offices in Europe, Africa and Asia. It also provides Helicopter transfers, Golfing packages and Luxury Yacht cruises.
For more information on AirportGateway, please visit www.airportgateway.aero