Shannon Airport has received further prestigious recognition for the strides made in the 18 months since it achieved independence as it claimed one of the top honours at the inaugural Irish Aviation Industry Awards this week.
Shannon claimed the very first Airport Achievement Award at the aviation awards, sponsored by the Irish Aviation Authority, ceremony in Dublin. The award is in recognition of the airport’s impressive start to life as an independent entity.
This award is in addition to Shannon Airport being Highly Commended at the Routes Europe Airport Marketing Awards in April and last October’s World Routes Awards – it was the only Irish airport shortlisted in either. Almost 600 people, including Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, TD, attended the Aviation Industry Awards, which were established to recognise excellence in the Irish aviation. Ireland is one of the world’s leading nations in aviation and the sector today employs 26,000 people directly in Ireland.
In all, more than 120 entries were submitted for the awards by over 70 leading companies, from airlines to lessors and maintenance operators. The categories included best in the fields of Airports, Air Operators, Leasing Achievements, Education & Training, Innovation, Environment and Safety.
Speaking after the awards, Airport Chairman Rose Hynes said that Shannon’s success in winning the Airport Achievement Award was a tremendous endorsement of the hard work and commitment of management and staff since the Airport became an independent entity in January of last year. “It is early stages yet with the overall Shannon project and we have a lot of work to do but we have made a really good start to life as an independent entity. “Shannon is a different place today than it was over 18 months ago as the ‘can-do’ attitude that typified the airport over the decades is back. This award is deserved acknowledgement, in particular, for the efforts of management and staff at Shannon in starting to turn this airport around.”
Speaking at the awards, Irish Aviation Authority Chief Executive Eamonn Brennan said that the awards reflected the sheer scale of the industry in Ireland. “These award winners are exceptional people doing exceptional work every day to enhance the Irish aviation sector, which punches well above its weight on the global stage.”