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Shannon Airport Welcomes Opportunity To Extend US Preclearance Facilities

By Dave Simpson
Shannon Airport Welcomes Opportunity To Extend US Preclearance Facilities

Shannon Airport has welcomed proposed changes to the Ireland/United States Preclearance agreement which the airport says will allow it to enhance its US Preclearance service for its airline customers, their passengers and, in particular, its business jet customers.

The decision, announced by the tánaiste and minister for foreign affairs and trade, Simon Coveney, and the minister for transport, tourism and sport, Shane Ross, is expected to come into effect in the coming months.

"A Welcome Announcement"

Commenting on the announcement Niall Maloney, Shannon Airport director of operations, said, "This is a welcome announcement as it will allow us to extend our US Preclearance service. Currently, our US Preclearance operates from 9am to 5pm daily, but with the new US agreement, we will now be able to extend these hours and offer an out of hours service. This is something which our executive jet customers in particular have requested. They see the time saving benefits as it allows them to fly directly to their home airport from Shannon, rather having to go to a designated clearance airport in the US first before making the onward flight to their home airport."

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