Flyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 661 times:
Does anybody know where I can find or have information on the following topics for the airport in Shannon, Ireland?
What are the runway sizes?
What is the costs of operating there and how do they compare to other airports in Europe?
How difficult is it to get route authorities from this airport to the US?
What carriers fly here?
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12874 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 611 times:
Hi there, to answer your questions:-
1) 24/06 10,000' ILS, PAPIs, the works
13/31 c. 5,000'. Not available to commercial planes
2) Don't know about costs, but if you go to the Aer Rianta website (the airport operator) they might have a contact. I believe they have very good rates, as they're constantly under threat. Aeroflot pulled out and they're always looking for new carriers, bringing us neatly onto . . .
3) Very easy. If they even suspect you might own or know someone who owns or might even be thinking of operating a plane that could fly transatlantic flights, they'll turn on the charm and you'll have a life supply of Irish coffees.
Well, maybe not quite, but the issue is wound up in Irish politics. It's VERY difficult to get access to Dublin, because of the bilateral and the need to "protect" Shannon, but if you want to fly to Shannon alone, they'll roll out the red carpet for you.
4) Aeroflot still flies once or twice per week. Aer Lingus flies about three times a day to the US, plus many flights to Dublin and London. There's also a daily to Paris and Virgin flies to Stansted. Delta and Continental only fly there because they want to fly to Dublin and Royal Jordanian and Pakistani also fly in their on the way to and from the US.