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.

 

DestinationHubOperatorAircraftFrequencyCapacity
East MidlandsDHL757-200nightly31 tonnes
BostonAer LingusB757 pass.daily12 tonnes less passenger baggage
AtlantaTurkish CargoA330Fweekly64 tonnes
ChicagoTurkish CargoA330Fweekly64 tonnes
Paris – CDGFedExATR42nightly8 tonnes
CologneUPS767-300nightly60 tonnes
London -LHRAer LingusA320 pass3 x daily9 tonnes less passenger baggage
New York – JFKAer LingusB757 passdaily12 tonnes less passenger baggage
New York – JFKTurkish CargoA330Fweekly64 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.