“I saw the green hills of Ireland and I knew that I had hit Europe on the nose. Ireland is one of the four corners of the world.”
-Charles Lindbergh, 1927
For over 70 years Shannon has been at the heart of international aviation, a key link connecting Europe with the United States. It’s where Free Trade Zones were conceived and it’s the birthplace of the global aircraft leasing industry.
Shannon also pioneered US Customs and Border pre-clearance in Europe and is still the only one providing US pre-clearance for business jets in Europe and the Middle East.
Today it’s more vibrant as ever, and home to the largest aerospace and aviation cluster in Ireland, with over 80 firms employing over 3,000 and growing steadily. We are proud to announce that Shannon IASC is also the winner of an Aviation Industry Award under the category of ‘Aviation Support Services.’ The Shannon aviation cluster spans the industry value chain, encompassing everything from aircraft leasing, maintenance and recycling to component manufacture, parts repair and business aviation.
Shannon Group’s International Aviation Services Centre (IASC)helps these companies to develop their businesses. It also supports new entrants keen to join this growing nucleus of aerospace excellence, ensuring that Shannon remains a global centre for the aviation industry.
For aviation businesses the location is ideal, with two large business parks directly adjacent to the airport, airside development possibilities and an adjoining large land bank available for further development. It is also highly appealing to executives and employees, set amidst the spectacular scenery of Ireland’s rugged Atlantic coast with two vibrant university cities nearby.
Companies locating here have access to a good mix of young, well-educated talent, a highly competitive tax environment and a legislative and regulatory framework specifically geared to the needs of the aviation and aerospace sectors.