Wednesday 21 February 2018

Jobs losses for over 55s amid plans to downgrade at Shannon Airport

Shannon Airport (Stock picture)
Shannon Airport (Stock picture)

Patrick Flynn

Shannon Airport plans to introduce a voluntary redundancy scheme for staff over the age of 55 and to realign its status as a Category 9 airport.

This means it would no longer facilitate certain sized aircraft.

Following a meeting with staff on Tuesday, an airport spokesman confirmed that management is proposing a range of measures to help reduce costs and facilitate an investment programme which includes a €15m runway improvement.

Under new proposals, the airport will be downgraded to become a "flexible Category 9" service. According to workers, this means the airport would effectively become a Category 7 airport and only accept certain sized jets.

Irish Independent

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