Shannon Airport and Ireland West Airport shortlisted for National Age Friendly Awards

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They are the first airports in the world to be recognised as age-friendly, endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), in June of this year, reports Shauna McCrudden

Pictured in June, at the launch of the Age Friendly Airports in Ireland West Airport are: CEO of The Shannon Airport Group Mary Considine, Chief Executive of Clare County Council Pat Dowling, Minister Hildegarde Naughton, Chief Executive of Mayo County Council Kevin Kelly and CEO of Ireland West Knock Airport Joe Gilmore

The two Irish airports, Shannon Airport and Ireland West Airport, have been jointly shortlisted for the Age Friendly Transport Award. This recognises the vital difference that the availability of good quality, easily accessible, user-friendly and reliable transport options can make to an older person. 

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The awards, which will be held in Dromoland Castle, Co Clare, will be the first Age Friendly Awards held since 2019 due to the impact of the pandemic, and will be hosted by Clare County Council. 

CEO of The Shannon Airport Group, Mary Considine said, “Making the passengers’ journey as easy as possible is at the core of everything we do here at Shannon Airport. Our team worked hard to get Shannon Airport recognised as one of the first Age Friendly Airports in the world, along with Ireland West Airport.  

“We implemented a number of initiatives across the airport to make it easily accessible and user-friendly for all ages. These include designated age-friendly parking, better signage, and covered walkways from aircraft into the terminal, as well as our high-tech security scanning system which removes the 100ml-only rule for liquids carried in cabin bags. 

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“We are very proud to be shortlisted under the Transport Award category.” 

The primary aim of the National Age Friendly Awards is to recognise and reward achievement in age-friendly initiatives around Ireland.  

CEO of Ireland West Knock Airport, Joe Gilmore said, “We are delighted to have been shortlisted alongside Shannon Airport for this prestigious award which is due to the hard work our staff have done in creating a more age-friendly environment at our respective airports.

“We continue to enhance and further improve our facilities and service offering to ensure the airport experience for our customers is a relaxing and enjoyable one for all who use the facility. But particularly for those most vulnerable in society who rely on that extra personal touch and care which can be so important to them as they journey through the airport.” 

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