Shannon Airport confirms cost cutting proposals

Shannon Airport confirms cost cutting proposals


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Shannon Airport has confirmed it proposes to introduce a voluntary redundancy scheme as one of a number measures to help reduce costs.

The airport says the savings will be reinvested in €44m development programme over the next fire years that includes a €15m upgrade of the airport’s runway this summer.

Staff were informed of the proposals at a meeting yesterday while an airport spokesperson has confirmed that a range of measures are being considered.

An airport spokesperson confirmed management are proposing a Voluntary Early Retirement Scheme to employees over the age of 55 years as at 1st January 2017.

“We are also seeking to agree a redeployment programme for a number of business areas. We also require a number of measures which are vital to ensure we meet the needs of the business in the most cost effective manner. Among them are roster and shift changes, and work practice changes and efficiencies,” Shannon Group has confirmed.

“Shannon Group is committed to developing and investing in our airport and what the Group is proposing are measures to manage its business more efficiently to enable reinvestment back into the Airport,” the spokesperson added.

“We have commenced discussions on proposals to operate to optimal manning levels to meet the needs of our airline customers,” the airport added.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.