Shannon Airport extends US Preclearance

Shannon Airport welcomes proposed changes to the Ireland and United States Preclearance agreement, to enhance its US Preclearance service for airline customers and passengers, particularly business jet customers.

The decision, announced by Simon Coveneythe Tánaiste and minister for foreign affairs and trade, and Shane Rossminister for transport, tourism and sport, is expected to come into effect in the next few months.

Niall Maloney, Director of Operations at Shannon Airport, said: “Currently, our US Preclearance operates from 09:00am to 17:00 daily, but with the new US agreement we’ll be able to extend these hours. This is something which our executive jet customers in particular have requested.”

Because of these changes, passengers should save time, allowing them to fly directly from Shannon to their home airport, rather having to go to a designated clearance airport in the US first before making the onward flight.

In August 2009 Shannon Airport became the first European airport to have full US Preclearance and Shannon was the word’s first to offer full US Preclearance for private aircraft.

Mr Maloney said Shannon is still the only airport in either Europe or the Middle East with this unique service.

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