Shannon celebrating 10 years of US Preclearance

Shannon celebrating 10 years of US Preclearance

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File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Shannon Airport is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the introduction of US preclearance services at Shannon.

Established at the airport on August Bank Holiday weekend 2009, Shannon was the first airport in Europe and the Middle East to offer this service, which allows passengers bound for the US to preclear agriculture, customs and immigration controls at Shannon and arrive in the US as a domestic passenger, removing any further processing stateside and saving them considerable time as a result in particular for onward connections. For the airlines it opened up the use of both domestic gates and terminals for these flights.

The first airlines to use Shannon Airport in the early days of US preclearance in 2009 were US Airways (now American Airlines), Continental (now United Airlines), Delta, Aer Lingus and British Airways.

The following year in 2010, Shannon Airport had another first, becoming the first airport in the world to offer full US preclearance for business jets. Today, Shannon remains the only airport in North America, Europe and the Middle East providing this unique service, and the only airport in the world offering passengers screening to both European and US. Transportation Security standards in the one location.

Welcoming the anniversary Mary Considine, Acting CEO, Shannon Group said: “Shannon Airport is delighted to be celebrating this anniversary with our colleagues in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) who in turn have just celebrated the 230th Anniversary of the U.S. Customs Services on the 31st of July last.

“Over the years we have worked closely with our colleagues in CBP and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) on process improvements and operational efficiencies and on the 1st June this year CBP extended its opening hours service for business travellers and private aircraft and offer an out of hours service to our customers when required.

“In addition, last year CBP introduced a new facial technology system to become the first airport outside the Americas to use facial biometrics to verify the identity of travellers about to enter the US.”

Shannon Airport has a proud history of world first achievements, whether it’s the establishment of the world’s first duty free shop in 1945, or subsequently the first full preclearance service for private aircraft, our customers and community are central to everything we do.

“Over the past 5 years we have invested over €40 million at the airport, upgrading our runway, refurbishing our Transit lounge, adding new dining and shopping facilities, enhancing our departure gates. We have also added a new Wild Atlantic Way feature, opened Europe’s first sensory room and an Aviation gallery to name just a few. Our intention is not to rest our laurels but to build on this into the future,” said Ms Considine.

 

 

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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.

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