A planning application has been lodged with Clare County Council for a new aircraft hangar at Shannon Airport. The proposed development will comprise of a new steel framed wide-bodied aircraft paint hangar and internal ancillary office space, workshops, plant rooms and storage space within the airport lands.

When it is operational, the new hangar will be capable of accommodating multiple aircraft types up to an Airbus A380. With 50,700sq meters of space in nine hangars, Shannon Airport has the largest hangar area of any Irish airport. All of them are now fully occupied so to meet demand for additional space, Shannon Group recently appointed a design team to draw up plans for a new hangar. Pending the successful conclusion of the planning process, it will enable the company to seek tenders from qualified contractors for the construction of the hangar.

Shannon Group CEO Matthew Thomas commented, “Our proposed development is consistent with the Government’s National Aviation Policy to develop the aviation and aerospace sector in Shannon and its commitment to building Ireland’s attractiveness to encourage more aviation businesses to locate and expand. We are working hard with a range of stakeholders including the Government to bring this major project to Shannon. If successful, the project will support up to 150 jobs during the construction phase and a further 100 jobs during operation”.

Mr Thomas added, “It would strengthen the aerospace cluster at Shannon and contribute to the development of Ireland’s aerospace capabilities for some of the world’s largest commercial aircraft, further enhancing the country’s reputation as a global centre for the aviation industry.”

Welcoming the announcement Minister of State for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen said, “This major development will significantly enhance Shannon’s aviation infrastructure and will advance the growing aviation cluster, already consisting of more than 50 companies employing 2,000 people.”