Shannon Airport Facts and Figures

Shannon Airport facts

Shannon Airport is located on the west coast of Ireland, 24 kilometres north of Limerick city and 22 kilometres south of Ennis town.

Officially opened in 1945, it has grown into Ireland’s second largest Airport and was the first airport in Ireland to receive a trans-Atlantic flight. Today it is a modern airport with a new terminal, completed in 2000, that provides all the facilities today’s traveller needs. On 31 December 2012, Shannon Airport became a publicly owned commercial airport operating under the control of the Shannon Airport Authority plc. 

Shannon Airport covers about 2,000 acres in County Clare on the north bank of the Shannon Estuary. For the visitor to Ireland, it is an ideal location to fly into as allows easy access to the beautiful west coast of Ireland.

Shannon Airport can handle even the largest type of aircraft in operation today and employs 2000 people at the airport. A further 1,000 temporary staff are taken on in the peak season.

Approximately 2.5 million passengers pass through Shannon Airport every year. Of these, about half a million passengers are in transit between North America and Europe.

The airport is used by around 20,000 scheduled commercial aircraft and nearly 8,500 non-scheduled commercial aircraft.  The scheduled passenger airlines with the most flights through Shannon include Aer Lingus, Ryanair, Delta Air Lines and Continental Airlines.

Popular destinations served by Shannon Airport include New York, Boston, Chicago, London, Paris and many other cities in continental Europe.

The airport itself provides all the facilities you could wish for. Banks, left luggage, hotel reservations, pubs and restaurants, and car rentals, everything you need for your visit to Ireland is catered for.

If you are looking for a good car rental deal at Shannon Airport, look no further than For more statistical information visit our Dublin Airport passenger information section.