Shannon Airport unlocks its cargo potential by Howard Knott

Speaking to the members of the IEA Western Regional Council at a meeting hosted by Allergan at their Westport premises, Patrick Edmond, Group Strategy Director of Shannon group Plc outlined the significant recent growth of cargo activity and further development plans at Shannon Airport.

Speaking to the members of the IEA Western Regional Council at a meeting hosted by Allergan at their Westport premises, Patrick Edmond, Group Strategy Director of Shannon group Plc outlined the significant recent growth of cargo activity and further development plans at Shannon Airport.

The winter 2018/2019 flown cargo activity is shown on the table below,

Airfreight services operated out of Shannon – Winter 2018/9.

 

Destination Hub Operator Aircraft Frequency Capacity
East Midlands DHL 757-200 nightly 31 tonnes
Boston Aer Lingus B757 pass. daily 12 tonnes less passenger baggage
Atlanta Turkish Cargo A330F weekly 64 tonnes
Chicago Turkish Cargo A330F weekly 64 tonnes
Paris – CDG FedEx ATR42 nightly 8 tonnes
Cologne UPS 767-300 nightly 60 tonnes
London -LHR Aer Lingus A320 pass 3 x daily 9 tonnes less passenger baggage
New York – JFK Aer Lingus B757 pass daily 12 tonnes less passenger baggage
New York – JFK Turkish Cargo A330F weekly 64 tonnes

Note: Aircraft described as “pass” are operating passenger services and cargo space is only available in the lower hold.

The Summer 2019 schedule will offer significantly increased belly hold capacity to and from Shannon, particularly on transatlantic routes. The Airport Company, which became independent of the Dublin Airport Authority in September 2014, has been designated under Government National Aviation Policy as a major cargo growth hub is in ongoing contact with a number of cargo airlines who have expressed strong interest to launch direct freighter flights between Shannon and US/Asian destinations once demand is identified.

In November DHL Express opened a new cargo €4.5 million facility at the Airport while increasing its freighter capacity serving the airport by 50% to 30 tonnes nightly. In the same month DB Schenker announced a €10 million investment at the Airport with plans to construct 45,000 ft2 temperature-controlled high-bay warehouse and 15,000 ft2 of extra offices.