Shannon Airport Authority ltd. (SAA) is an international airport company employing over 260 people. On the 1st of January 2013, Shannon Airport Authority gained full independence. As well as the day-to-day management of Shannon Airport, the SAA also manages major commercial activities at the airport including operation of duty and tax free shops, concession management, executive lounges and car parks.
In 2013 the airport, which offers scheduled commercial services to the US, UK and Europe, handled 1.4m passengers and 24,000 aircraft movements. The airport operates a 24-hour service with no curfews, slots or noise restrictions. The airport’s runway is the longest in Ireland at 3,199m and capable of handling all aircraft types. Shannon airport operates a fire and rescue service to Category 9.
The airport comprises approximately 855 hectares of land, of which 493 hectares are used for the operation of the airport. It has its own fuel storage farm with hydrant delivery systems and its own water supply facilities. In 2009 Shannon became the first airport outside North America and the Caribbean to offer US preclearance facilities for scheduled and corporate aviation. It is now the only airport in Ireland to offer preclearance facilities for both commercial and private aircraft. Shannon Airport is committed to the delivery of a safe, secure and customer focused airport operation. This is achieved through its commitment in delivering its service to the highest national/ international standards and best practice. www.shannonairport.ie