Shannon Chamber reacts to departure of Shannon Group CEO

Shannon Chamber reacts to departure of Shannon Group CEO

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Shannon Airport CEO Neil Pakey accepts an award on behalf of Shannon Airport at the Hilton Dublin. Pic Failte Ireland
Shannon Airport CEO Neil Pakey accepts an award on behalf of Shannon Airport at the Hilton Dublin. Pic Failte Ireland

Shannon Chamber has expressed its disappointment at the news that Shannon Group’s CEO Neil Pakey is to leave the Company on the conclusion of his three-year contract next year.

Chamber president Kevin Thompstone said: “Having worked with Mr Pakey since his arrival in Shannon, Neil has not just seen the connection between the Airport and the region but made and reinforced that connection.  He has contributed and delivered many innovative undertakings which have benefited the airport, the region at large and the entire western seaboard.”

“He has a track record of delivering for Shannon and the region. Shannon’s loss of this experience will be somewhere else’s gain,” Mr Thompstone added.

The Group, which includes Shannon Airport, has confirmed that Mr Pakey will leave the Company at the end of his three-year contract next June.

The airport commenced operations as an autonomous entity, independent of the Dublin Airport Authority, on January 1st 2013 and the following May, the new company appointed Neil Pakey as its first CEO.

In his first year at Shannon, Mr Pakey presided over a 17% increase to 1.64m passengers mainly after Ryanair added new routes. while in March 2014 Shannon enjoyed it’s biggest week of new route start-ups in almost a decade.

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