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


Ireland West Airport and Shannon Airport have been shortlisted for the prestigious National Age Friendly Awards. Both airports became the first airports in the world to be recognised as Age Friendly, as endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), in June of this year. 

The airport's have now jointly been shortlisted for the Age Friendly Transport Award which recognises the vital difference that availability to good quality, easily accessible, user friendly and reliable transport options can make to an older person.  

The awards, which will be held in Dromoland Castle, County Clare, will be the first Age Friendly Awards held since 2019 due to the impact of the pandemic. In 2019 Ireland West Airport were delighted to win a national Chambers Ireland award, in collaboration with Mayo County Council, in recognition of the airport’s work in adopting the Age Friendly Recognition Programme.

Commenting on the nomination, Managing Director, Ireland West Airport, Joe Gilmore said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted alongside Shannon Airport for this prestigious award which is due recognition for both our airports and 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”

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, including designated age-friendly parking, better signage, and covered walkways from aircraft into the terminal, as well as our high-tech scanning system which removes the 100ml only rule for liquids carried in cabin bags. We are very proud to be shortlisted under the Transport Award category,” she continued. 

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

Photo Caption: Pictured at the official launch of the Age Friendly Airports Programme were from, Left to right: Mary Considine, CEO Shannon Airport Group, Pat Dowling, CEO, Clare County Council, Hildegarde Naughton TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Kevin Kelly, CEO, Mayo County Council, Joe Gilmore, Managing Director, Ireland West Airport