Business as usual for passengers at Shannon during Pence visit

Business as usual for passengers at Shannon during Pence visit


Security will be stepped up at Shannon while Mr Pence is in the county – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

Shannon Airport is advising passengers to allow an extra 15 minutes to their travel time to allow for addition security at the airport today.

U.S. vice-president Mike Pence will arrive in Clare on board Air Force Two today and is expected to be transport to Doonbeg by helicopter. Two Blackhawk helicopters were flown into Shannon last Wednesday on board a C17 Globemaster III military transport plane.

Mr Pence and his wife Karen will stay at President Donald Trump’s family-owned hotel and golf resort in Doonbeg during their stay. The vice-president is expected to travel to Dublin to meet President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

A spokesperson for Shannon Airport has said that it will be business as usual at the airport during the visit to Ireland of US Vice President Mike Pence. However, passengers travelling to the airport are being advised to allow an additional 15 minutes extra travel time for the duration of the vice president’s visit, as additional security measures will be in place  on the approach road to the airport and car parks from now until 12 noon on Wednesday 4th September.

The spokesperson added: “If passengers have any concerns about the departure time of their flight they are advised to contact their airline.  As always we would like to thank our valued customers for flying Shannon.”

For further updates, passengers can keep in touch with us on the airport and Shannon Group social media channels, Facebook and Twitter.

Two US Army Blackhawk helicopters arriving in Shannon last week – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019


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.