Shannon Group Statement on visit of U.S. President Donald Trump to Ireland
Commenting on the announcement that US President Donal Trump will fly into Shannon Airport and meet Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on June 5th, a spokesperson for Shannon Group, which operates Shannon Airport, said: “Shannon has had a special relationship with the US, with every US President having been welcomed at Shannon Airport since John F. Kennedy became the first serving President to visit Ireland in 1963. This visit will put Ireland at the centre of world media attention and, as a result, it will create an opportunity to showcase the attractiveness of the West of Ireland, the Wild Atlantic Way and the strong US FDI located at Shannon.
“This visit, and the fact that our Taoiseach will meet with President Trump at Shannon, reflects Shannon Airport’s place in Irish-US relations yet again. We’ve had that since Shannon became the first European gateway airport all those years ago, and today we still have it with direct services to the US that support the huge tourism industry and the US multi-national presence in this region.
“The West of Ireland region generally has deep links with the US. So many people emigrated from here and went on to play an important role, at all levels, in the development of the US. There is a huge US multi-national footprint here and Shannon Free Zone, which Shannon Group operates, has the single largest concentration of US multinational investment outside the capital. In addition, Shannon Airport is the premier gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way and this has become one of the global tourism phenomena of the last decade.
“The global media interest that will follow the President’s visit is a huge opportunity to showcase Shannon Airport and all that this region offers from an FDI and tourism perspective.”