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The History of Shannon Airport

The history of Shannon Airport

The duty-free was just one of many firsts for this famous airport

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    • Late 1930s, transatlantic flights used a flying boat terminal at Foynes on the south side of the Shannon Estuary
    • By 1945 the country’s first transatlantic airport was established at Shannon to meet the demands of developing aircraft technology with a permanent runway and airport
    • 16 September 1945 the first transatlantic proving flight, a Pan Am DC-4, landed at Shannon from New York City.
    • 24 October 1945, the first scheduled commercial flight, an American Overseas Airlines DC-4, passed through the airport.
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  • 1947, it became world’s first duty-free airport.
  • By the 1960s many international carriers used Shannon and it became known as the gateway between Europe and the Americas – few aircraft could make the journey without refuelling here.
  • 1986 a United States border preclearance facility was opened here, eliminating the need to go through immigration on arrival in the United States.
  • November 2008, it was announced that customs and agriculture inspections would be added.
  • 1 March 2010, Shannon Airport became the first airport outside the US to offer US Customs and Border Protection to private aircraft, yet another world’s first.

The skyline at Shannon is changing with the construction of One Airport Avenue - a 56,000 sq. ft., 4 story, grade A…

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