Shannon Santa Flights cleared for take off

Shannon Santa Flights cleared for take off


Pictured on board with Santa are his Elves Rachel Egan and Jeanette McKee – Photo: Arthur Ellis.

Over 2,000 lucky children and their parents will get to meet Santa at 15,000 ft as Shannon Airport launches its 2018 Santa Flights adventure today.

Short of Christmas Eve itself, Santa’s busiest day in the run up to December 25th is set again for Shannon Airport as the big man jets in for his sixth successive annual Santa Flights, one of Ireland’s best loved and unique Santa experiences.

In what has become the most sought after Christmas event for children across the country, Santa will take to the skies with a troupe of elves on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December. The excitement will be palpable and spirits will be soaring as the delight fills the airport’s terminal building and skies above for a very special treat for children.

Pictured with Santa Claus are Airport Fire Officer Pat O’Neill, Ryanair Cabin Crew Catherine Browne and Elves Jeanette McKee and Fran Minter – File Photo: Arthur Ellis

The event will be supported by teams of staff volunteers from Shannon Airport, a Shannon Group company. The build-up will take off from the minute the very special passengers enter the airport where Mrs Claus herself and her team of helpers will be manning the airport check-in desks.

Tickets for this prized event will be allocated through a lottery system. A €1 per seat lottery application fee will apply to enter. A flat €1.50 booking fee will also apply.

All profits raised from the event will go to Shannon Group’s designated charities for 2018, the Share a Dream Foundation and the Clare Crusaders.

The lottery system goes live on Wednesday November 7th at 12 noon with details on how to enter the lottery available on the Shannon Airport Facebook page, the airport’s twitter account and on its website The lottery will close on Tuesday 13th November and the winners will be notified by text soon after.

A packed programme of entertainment is being laid on as children will also be treated to a range of Christmas activities – dancing elves, games and other treats – in the transit lounge to help them while away the final minutes before boarding.

Bookings are confined to a maximum of six but with the airport determined to ensure as many children as possible avail of the very special Christmas treat, a maximum of two adults will be allowed with any group of six. No child will be allowed on their own without an adult.

Commenting on the Santa Flights, Andrew Murphy, Shannon Airport, Managing Director said: “Our Santa Flights are a really lovely, heart-warming event and from our perspective it is great to be able to spread a bit of Christmas cheer and put smiles on so many children’s faces.  Organising the event takes huge logistics. From ensuring that the children and their families have plenty of fun activities to keep them entertained while they await their flight, to ensuring that all flights run smoothly and that Santa makes his mid-air transfer from his sleigh to the airplane safely, but it’s definitely worth it.  None of it would be possible without our staff who go over and above each year to ensure that everything runs smoothly.”


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.