Incoming Shannon Group Chair Says Possibility Of Airport’s Own Airline Should Be Examined

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The Chairperson Designate of Shannon Group says the possibility of Shannon Airport setting up its own airline should be examined.

Pádraig Ó Céidigh has been addressing the Oireachtas Transport Committee today after being offered the role for a three year term last month.


Pádraig Ó Céidigh doubling down on his aims to restore pre-pandemic traffic to Shannon by 2024.

The Galway man, himself a former Senator, insists though it may be an ambitious target, and one that’s ahead of many European airports, it’s an achievable one.

Mr Ó Céidigh told the Committee he held his first meeting with Group CEO Mary Considine last week.

Oireachtas members, including those from Clare, were told this morning that the work to restore those Heathrow and transatlantic routes remain ongoing.

However, the possibility of the airport bypassing other airlines and setting up its own operations has been mooted.

Responding to a suggestion from Fianna Fail Senator Timmy Dooley, Pádraig Ó Céidigh believes a feasibility study for Shannon setting up its own airline should be looked at.

The Chairperson Designate also insists that Shannon should be looking to work with its counterparts in Dublin and Cork rather than against them.

The Netherlands was cited as an example of a country who’s aviation policy allows its capital airport to enhance the state’s regional services.

It appears to be a model Pádraig Ó Céidigh may look to follow throughout his three year term.