Shannon Airport is unique both in its location and its place in the history of world aviation. Of all European Airports it is situated at the most western point, making it the ideal stepping stone between the old world and the new. Chosen for its geographical position as the transatlantic gateway between Europe and America, Shannon was designated as Ireland’s Transatlantic Airport at its inception by the Irish Government.
From the airport has grown a vast infrastructure of enormous importance to Ireland’s Mid-west region which includes an attractive and growing tourism enterprise as well as the world’s first duty free industrial zone.
In 2014 Shannon handled a passenger throughput of over 1.6 million people with over 1.7m scheduled to use the airport in 2015. Well over a 100,000 passengers who travel through Shannon do so as transit passengers, breaking their journey at Shannon while travelling between Europe, the Middle East and North America.
During 2014 there were over 25,000 aircraft movements with over 22,000 of these being a combination of scheduled and non-scheduled aircraft with the remainder being principally training flights.