Shannon Airport (EINN) - Jet Charter Services
Shannon International Airport, the most western – closest to the United States – international airport in Europe, has always been of great importance.
Before jets could carry enough fuel to make it from the U.S. to Europe, Shannon International Airport, located on Ireland’s west coast, was an important refueling station.
When jet engine technology made it possible to get to the heart of Europe without a stop for fuel, Shannon International Airport found other reasons to remain an important airport for commercial and private or chartered business jets.
Perhaps the most important is that it is the only location in the world, outside of the Americas, that offers U.S. pre-clearance for passengers and crews in private business jets. Get screened in Ireland; come to the Unites States as a domestic flyer.
What is the airport code for Shannon International Airport?
The ICAO code for Shannon International Airport is EINN and its IATA code is SNN.
Airport Information for Shannon Airport (EINN, SNN)
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FBOs at Shannon
Shannon International Airport, one of five international airports in Ireland, has two fixed base operators ready to make your travel on a private or chartered business jet as easy and seamless as possible.
Q Aviation has the only VIP airside lounge at Shannon International Airport. It also has a facility for customs clearance into the U.S. When Q (Quintessentially) Aviation began its FBO operations at Shannon International Airport in 2013, its managing director, Brendan McQuaid, said, “We anticipate that 90 percent of our clientele will be transatlantic clients wishing to maximize the ease of clearance opportunities at the airport. They are also likely to be high net worth individuals originating in Russia or the Middle East, so Shannon’s strict security monitoring, is also an attraction.” Amenities include:
- 10,500-foot runway
- Operates 24/7/365
- Dog pen facility
- Full U.S. customs pre-clearance facility
- Only airside VIP Lounge at Shannon International Airport
- New GSE equipment
- Duty-free shopping
- Free wi-fi
- Passenger lounge
- Crew rest area
- Conference facility
- Showers and restrooms
- Limousine/executive car service
- Concierge services
Universal Aviation said its operations center, VIP Lounge and crew business center are located within Shannon International Airport’s main terminal building to allow for ultra quick turnaround times. “We are the only airport in Ireland open all year. We have no noise policy, no slots and no restrictions. We are tax- and VAT-free and we have one of the longest runways in Europe.” Universal Aviation has FBO and ground support locations in 20 countries. Amenities at Shannon International Airport include:
- Customs and immigration
- U.S. pre-clearance
- Conference rooms
- Limousine service and car rental
- Crew accommodation
- Security arrangements
- Direct ramp access
- Computerized worldwide weather briefings
- Permit coordination
Shannon is gateway between Old and New worlds
Shannon International Airport is unique both in location and its place in aviation history.
Located the farthest west of any European airports, Shannon International Airport has, since its inception, been designated as the transatlantic gateway between Europe and America.
Its ease of access prompted the development of international business parks.
The Shannon Free Zone, located next to Shannon International Airport, was established in 1959 and has attracted industry from around the world and has become home to the largest number of U.S. industries in Ireland.
Shannon International and U.S. customs
Shannon has taken advantage of being the only airport in the world to offer customs services to its passengers traveling to the United States – especially those flying out of Shannon International Airport on private or chartered business jets. United States pre-clearance for private aircraft allows all the necessary immigration, customs and agriculture inspections to be made at Shannon International Airport before departing for the United States. It is sure to make arrival there much easier and faster.
Since July 2009, full U.S. border control clearance has been available at Shannon International Airport. That means your bags will not have to clear customs at your U.S. airport entry point. You effectively arrive in the United States as a domestic traveler.
Where was Irish coffee invented?
Shannon Airport is the place where world famous Irish Coffee was invented. The strong coffee drink given a boost by a shot of Irish whiskey was invented by restaurant chef Joe Sheridan in 1942 to warm up passengers who stopped over in Ireland on their flights across the Atlantic Ocean.
Even though Irish Coffee is available in just about any bar you go to, the recipe is likely not the same as the original. But, when flying to or from Shannon International Airport, stop at the Sheridan Food Pub where the drink is made just as it was more than 70 years ago.
Where was the first duty-free shop?
Another of the “firsts” at Shannon International Airport is that it had the first duty-free shop in the world.
Established in 1947, partly as a way to make money after technology gave jets the ability to fly from the United States to mainland Europe without having to stop to refuel in Ireland, the duty-free shop at Shannon International Airport spawned a worldwide industry with thousands of duty-free shops around the world.
In 2014, the airport relaunched the “Shannon Duty Free” brand with 60 brands including exclusive Irish and European products from companies such as Chanel, Gucci, YSL, Armani, Clarins, Lancome, Benefit and Marc Jacobs. Other popular brands available at the airport are Jameson, Pernod, Knappogue Whiskey, Bunratty Meade and locally produced Irish smoked salmon.
Fly into SNN to golf
There are more than 300 golf courses in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, many of them famous and iconic. Some of the best are located in the southwest region of Ireland where they are situated along the sea and on rolling parklands.
Here are some of the best in the region served by Shannon International Airport. Rent a private business jet into SNN and check out some of these:
Ballybunion Golf Club (Old), Ballybunion, County Kerry
After his first visit to Ballybunion, widely known American sportswriter Herbert Warren Wind wrote, “Ballybunion revealed itself to be nothing less than the finest seaside course I have ever seen.” The course has a 473-yard, par-4 on its 11th hole where its back tee is wedged in between sand dunes and the sea. Its 216-yard, par-3 15th hole is played straight at the ocean where a two-tiered green is flanked by sand dunes. British Open champion Tom Watson once said the course “is one of the best and most beautiful tests of links golf anywhere in the world.”
Lahinch Golf Club, Lahinch, County Clare
This course is ranked No. 41 by golf.com in its Top 100 Courses in the World list.
Lahinch is called the “St. Andrews of Ireland” because its two principal designers were connected to St. Andrews. The old course – established in 1892 – looks out over the Atlantic Ocean. It has an abundance of exceptional holes and hosts the Ireland Amateur Golf Championship.
Across the road from the Old Course is the Castle Course, a less formidable challenge but still worth checking out.
Waterville Golf Links, Waterville, County Kerry
Beautiful and difficult, this course is also located along the sea and sand dunes. Sam Snead called it a “magnificent monster” while Raymond Floyd said it is “one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.” Golf has been played at Waterville since 1889 but became one of the best courses in the world in the 21st century thanks to some renovation and rebuilding.
Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, Killarney, County Kerry
Killarney’s Killeen (where the Irish Open is frequently held) and its sister course, Mahony’s Point, are two of the world’s most beautiful and tranquil courses. Situated in the mountains and forests of inland Ireland, the course is dotted with rhododendrons.
Tralee Golf Club, Ardfort, County Kerry
Tralee Golf Club is the first European course designed by Arnold Palmer. “I have never seen a more perfect place to build a golf course,” he said in 1984. “I may have designed the first nine, but God designed the back nine.” The par-4 17th hole looks out over a beach called the Long Strand.
Old Head Golf Links, Kinsale, County Cork
Old Head’s location atop 300-foot-high cliffs that look out over where the Lusitania went down in the Atlantic Ocean makes it one of the most beautiful courses in the world. In the distance, golfers see castle ruins and a lighthouse.
Shannon Golf Club, Shannon, County Clare
This highly rated Shannon Golf Club championship course is located next to the airport and has views of the Shannon Estuary. It has some long holes and a number of water features. You can start or end your southwest Ireland golf tour here before chartering a private business jet at SNN.
Or, go fishing
Anglers know that some of the best salmon, sea trout and brown trout in the world can be caught off the shores of Ireland.
Interesting Shannon facts
Shannon is one of five international airports in Ireland. The others are:
- Dublin Airport – located north of Dublin on the east coast
- Cork Airport – South of Cork City on the south coast
- Knock Airport (Ireland West Airport Knock) – in County Mayo in the northwest
- Belfast Airport – west of Belfast in the northeast
Big business: Shannon International Airport is strategically located on Ireland’s west coast in one of the most important and fastest growing business corridors in the country. It covers about 2,000 acres in County Clare on the north bank of the Shannon Estuary.
Great climate: Shannon is known for its temperate climate and excellent year round weather, making good flying conditions at Shannon International Airport in all seasons.
How named: Shannon International Airport gets its name from the Shannon River, which is close by. It’s located halfway between the cities of Limerick (15 miles to the south) and Ennis (15 miles to the north).
Lindbergh’s role: Charles E. Lindbergh is said to have recommended that Shannon be the location of the transatlantic gateway to Europe from America when he flew over the site in 1936 in his Miles Mohawk plane and then walked over the area with Irish officials. Everyone agree the site was suitable. The first aircraft landed at Shannon International Airport in 1939. The first scheduled flight from the United States landed there in 1945, the official opening date of the airport.
The popularity of the airport as a refueling stop for international carriers grew quickly after that. Shannon became the most convenient stop before or after crossing the Atlantic Ocean. When the need for refueling waned after jet engines became more sophisticated, a new 10,000-foot runway was commissioned in 1961 to make sure big planes kept landing there. During the construction of that runway, a small fisherman’s house that was in the way was taken apart brick by brick and rebuilt near the Bunratty Castle. The Bunratty Folk Park is now one of the top tourist attractions in Ireland.
U.S. customs: In the 1970s, improvement in the performance of jet engines gave them the capacity to reach well into Europe without a refuel stop in Shannon. The airport, fearing it would become obsolete, had to find different reasons for planes to come there. That’s when the airport pushed – and succeeded – to get a U.S. Customs facility and remain an important entryway between the United States and the Soviet Union. It remains such to this day.
A new terminal building opened in 2000.
FBOs and Handlers at Shannon Airport, EINN, SNN
|Q Aviation (Qa Fbo)||+353 61 712195|
|Westair||SOUTH EAST RAMP||(353) 614-5166|
|Signature Flight Support||LINK CORRIDOR, TERMINAL BUILDING||(353) 614-5444||www.signatureflight.com|
|Universal Aviation||ROOM 35 LINK CORRIDOR||(353) 617-2059|
|Jetex Shannon Fbo||+353 61 717252||www.jetex.com/EN/Global-Network/Shannon-Ireland/|
|Sky Handling Partner||+353 1 8080 300|
METAR Weather Data at Shannon Airport, EINN, SNN
|OBSERVED||Wed Oct 17, 20:00 EDT|
|NOW||Wed Oct 17, 20:22 EDT|
|AGE||22 min ago|
|WIND||NNW at 3 mph|
|VISIBILITY||greater than 7 miles|
|BAROMETER||1029 hPa (30.39 in Hg)|
|METAR||EINN 180000Z 33003KT CAVOK 04/04 Q1029 NOSIG|