Humanitarian aid boost announced for Shannon Airport
Shannon Airport is to become a base for environmental and humanitarian aid response missions through the announcement of a partnership with ASL Aviation Group.
The partnership will see Shannon house ASL's Hercules aircraft operations. Two L-100 aircraft will be based at the airport for use on missions ranging from oil spills to humanitarian aid distribution.
Crews and support staff for the aircraft will also be based in Shannon where Air Contractors, an ASL Group company, already has its own maintenance base.
The announcement is positive news for the newly-established International Aviation Services Centre (IASC) at Shannon, which plans to build on the existing cluster of 40 aviation firms employing 1,600 people adjacent to the airport.
Chief executive of ASL Aviation Group, Hugh Flynn, said "the company looks forward to growing activity there in the months and years ahead".
Shannon Airport Chairman Rose Hynes welcomed the announcement as another early win for the IASC.
"Shannon is a cost-effective and efficient base for specialist aircraft, such as these, that fly important missions to curb pollution and transport humanitarian aid," she said.