Tuesday 25 June 2019

Trump Time: Shannon Airport advises passengers to allow extra 30 minutes

Despite delays, it's "business as usual" during the Presidential visit, Shannon Airport has advised

Céad míle fáilte: Donald Trump is welcomed to Shannon Airport in 2014 on his last trip to Ireland. Photo: Sean curtin
Céad míle fáilte: Donald Trump is welcomed to Shannon Airport in 2014 on his last trip to Ireland. Photo: Sean curtin
Shannon Airport
Mr Trump is greeted by Rose Hynes, Shannon Airport and Finance Minister Michael Noonan after landing from his personally customised 757 at Shannon Airport
President John F. Kennedy speaking at Shannon Airport in County Clare Ireland in 1963

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As US President Donald Trump's touchdown draws closer, Shannon Airport has said it continues to plan for "business as usual".

Mr Trump is set to meet Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the airport on Wednesday, June 5, after the President's State visit to Britain.

Despite a €10 million security operation in place around the airport, West Clare and Trump International Doonbeg - ranging from reported sniper towers to road closures and no-fly zones - passengers are being warned of minimal disruption.

"If you are travelling to Shannon Airport, please add 30 minutes to your journey time as we prepare for the US President's visit," it has said.

An aerial view of Shannon Airport
An aerial view of Shannon Airport
President John F. Kennedy speaking at Shannon Airport in County Clare Ireland in 1963

“All visitors to the airport during the period are advised to have photo ID, and intending passengers should have photo ID and valid flight documentation available," it adds.

This applies to all visits from May 29 to June 7.

“If passengers have any concerns about the departure time of their flight, they are advised to contact their airline," it has added.

Since John F. Kennedy (below) in 1963, every US President has at one stage or another passed through Shannon Airport. In 2004, George W. Bush's visit saw a series of anti-war protests against the airport as a transit stop for US troops.

The Airport has not revealed any timings for the meeting between Mr Trump and the Taoiseach, however, nor would it say whether Air Force One will be visible to the public - referring all queries to the Government Information Service.

Mr Trump himself landed at Shannon Airport in 2014 when he last visited Doonbeg. On that occasion, he arrived in his personally customised Boeing 757 and was greeted by Finance Minister Michael Noonan.

On this visit, a team of more than 400 White House and Secret Service personnel are escorting President Trump during his stay at Doonbeg, before he flies to France for the D-Day 75th anniversary commemorations in Normandy on Thursday.

The US President's hotel and golf resort in Doonbeg had been proposed as a venue for the meeting with Leo Varadkar, but the Irish Government insisted on somewhere neutral.

Shannon Airport: Did you know? 

President John F. Kennedy speaking at Shannon Airport in County Clare, Ireland in 1963.jpg
President John F. Kennedy speaking at Shannon Airport in County Clare Ireland in 1963

* As well as US Presidents, other high profile visitors to Shannon Airport include Nelson Mandela, Princess Grace, Jackie Kennedy, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

* Stars who have visited Shannon Airport include Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, Gene Kelly, Bob Hope, Mohammed Ali, Mick Jagger, Tom Hanks and many more.

* The world’s first Duty Free shop was established at Shannon Airport in 1947. It began as a small kiosk staffed by one woman and today it has grown into an award winning airport retail offering that gave birth to a multi-billion dollar global retail industry.

* Shannon Airport is open 365 days a year (Dublin closes on Christmas Day), and in the 1940s and 1950s it was the primary technical transit stop for all airlines crossing the Atlantic to and from Europe.

* Shannon Airport was the first airport in the world, outside of the Americas, to provide full US Preclearance facilities (5 August 2009).. This means visitors arriving in the US are considered to be domestic passengers.

* Shannon Airport has the longest runway in Ireland at 3,200 metres and is the only Irish airport that can accommodate the world’s largest jet, the Antonov AN 225. The enormous aircraft has a wing span of 88 metres and has been on the Shannon runway a number of times.

* The world’s largest private collection of diecast model aircraft is on permanent display at Shannon Airport.

* This year, Shannon Airport celebrates the 80 anniversary of the first passenger aircraft landing (11 July 1939) - a Belgian airliner (a tri-motor Savoia Marchetti S-73 of Sabena). 

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