Boost for Shannon as charter company establishes Irish base
Monday, November 30, 2015
Shannon Group plc, which includes Shannon Airport, has received a significant boost with the news that a leading worldwide private aircraft charter operator is establishing a base in Co Clare.
Athens-based GainJet Aviation has begun the process of establishing its new Irish operation within Shannon Group’s International Aviation Services Centre (IASC).
GainJet Ireland will base three aircraft at the mid-west airport including a medevac/air ambulance and expects to begin operations early next year.
The company has confirmed that it e examined several EU options before deciding on Ireland and Shannon.
“We chose Shannon because, similar to Athens, it is a European base that is strategically located and connects continents. Moreover, Shannon has become a major aviation hub for leasing companies and for Atlantic crossing traffic,” GainJet CEO Captain Ramsey Shaban said.
IASC Managing Director Mr. Patrick Edmond said: “Shannon is putting a particular focus on the area of business and corporate aviation, and a commitment such as this by a leading player such as GainJet is a vote of confidence in the aviation ecosystem developed here over decades and reaffirms Shannon’s attractiveness for aerospace and aviation related activity.”
The International Aviation Services Centre, IASC, is the business unit within Shannon Group plc tasked with building on the well-established aviation cluster at Shannon.
IASC helps existing aerospace firms here develop their business, as well as working alongside IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland to bring new companies to Shannon.