From cheap booze to Yeltsin's snooze: an airport history
1945 - The Clare airport opens with flights from American Overseas Airlines, Trans World Airways and Pan American Airways (Pan AM).
1947 - The world's first duty-free shop opens -- a small kiosk operated by Kitty Downes.
1958 - Shannon Industrial Free Zone is established.
1959 - Long-range North Atlantic jet aircraft such as the Boeing 720, Boeing 707 and the DC8 begins operating at Shannon.
1961 - A new runway was commissioned with a length of 10,000 feet (just over 3,000 metres).
1964 - Employment in the industrial area exceeds that of the airport.
1969 - The Irish Airport Authority, Aer Rianta, assumes control of Shannon Airport as an agent for the Minister for Transport.
The first Boeing 747 lands at Shannon.
1971 - A new terminal to cope with increased passenger numbers opens.
1979 - Pope John Paul II departs from Shannon following historic visit.
1980 - Aeroflot, the USSR airline, established a Russian fuel base at Shannon.
1988 - Aer Rianta International -- one of the world's most successful travel retail companies -- founded in Shannon.
1994 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin sleeps through a stopover while Taoiseach Albert Reynolds waits on the tarmac.
2001 - US military troops on route to Afghanistan and Iraq start using the airport.
2007 - Passenger numbers increase to 3.6 million.
2009 - Shannon becomes the first airport outside of America to get US customs and border pre-clearance.
2011 - Passenger numbers decrease to 1.6 million.