Split success for Shannon
THINGS are moving along at Shannon Airport following its split from the Dublin Airport Authority last year and by the end of the year the whole ensemble should have a very different feel to it.
New chief executive Neil Pakey is already making appointments and hunting for new executives to help drive the airport and its environs.
Having announced two key appointments yesterday (Mary Considine and Patrick Edmond) to the new Shannon Group being formed by the Government to assume responsibility for Shannon Airport and the property function of Shannon Development, more are on the way.
Mr Pakey has just launched a search for a new chief financial officer for Shannon Group, as well as a chief commercial officer and a property director. Speaking to The Punt, Mr Pakey was upbeat about Shannon's prospects in light of what has been a busy summer at the airport, particularly on the transatlantic side.
He's hopeful that next summer Shannon will be able to attract even more transatlantic passengers, even without the kick that the 'Gathering' has provided this year.
Still, it's far too early to call where Shannon's longer-term future lies.
The initial signs may be promising, but a journey on what will be a long road is only just beginning.