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Shannon records 140% increase in Euro passengers

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Shannon Airport’s nine new European routes have delivered a dramatic month of growth, with a 140% increase in passenger numbers on continental services recorded last month compared to April 2013.

The airport has halted five years of passenger numbers decline in its first year as an independent entity after being separated from the State airports’ group in January of last year but April’s passenger figures are proof that 2014 will be about growth.

Boosted by a really strong Easter period, Shannon enjoyed its biggest month-over-month increase in over a decade as 31% more passengers flew through the airport in April compared to the same month last year.  The sharpest increase, not surprisingly, was recorded in passenger numbers to and from the continent, which more than doubled.

The airport had its biggest month in ten years in April in terms of route launches, with new services commenced to Munich, Paris, Faro, Warsaw, Krakow, Nice, Poitiers, Berlin, Fuerteventura (all Ryanair) and Bristol (Aer Lingus Regional).  April also saw a new Aer Lingus Malaga service kick-off, while it was also the first full month for the airline’s year-round six times weekly JFK New York service, which commenced at the end of March.

The increase in services is particularly timely with the commencement this year of the Wild Atlantic Way project, the longest defined coastal driving route in the world.  Shannon is the key gateway airport for the project as it is not alone the only airport on the west coast with services to a European hub (Heathrow), providing one-stop connectivity to an additional 170 global destinations, but it is also the only airport on the entire route, which stretches from Cork to Donegal, with transatlantic services.

Passenger numbers on European routes rose to 38,610, from 16,087 in April 2013, with UK provincial increasing by 27%, from 13,401 to 17,000. Transatlantic, meanwhile, enjoyed an 18% uplift in the month, from 20,147 to 23,852.

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GMIT’s new Head of its Business School

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Dr George Onofrei, Head of the GMIT School of Business.

GMIT has announced the appointment of Dr George Onofrei as the new Head of its School of Business, commencing this month.

Prior to joining GMIT, Dr Onofrei was Senior Lecturer in Strategic Development in Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

He has over 15 years’ experience in academia as well as considerable industry practice within the automotive, food and retail sector. He brings experience and a proven track record of success in the development of new programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

“I look forward to continuing the development of new programmes and creating new opportunities within the School of Business working with both staff and industry partners,” said Dr Onofrei.

He succeeds Professor Graham Heaslip who was appointed Head of the GMIT School of Engineering, following Gerard MacMichael’s retirement.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Corrib Oil’s national expansion

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Galway-headquartered Corrib Oil, one of Ireland’s leading service station and oil distribution providers has entered an agreement to acquire H2 Group.

While subject to approval by the competition regulator, this deal will see Corrib Oil acquire 13 high quality retail sites based across the south and east of Ireland, expanding the Corrib Retail footprint to 33 stores in total.

It means Corrib Oil will operate across 54 sites in 16 counties, employing over 1,000 people.

The new sites are located in Kerry; Kildare; Limerick; Tipperary; Dublin; Laois, Offaly and Cork.

Established in 1987, Corrib Oil employs 700 people across 14 counties in the West, Midlands and South.

The company, which was founded in Claremorris, is headquartered in Parkmore on the east side of Galway city. It operates two distinct divisions, Corrib Retail and Corrib Distribution.

Corrib Retail currently operates 20 convenience stores with forecourts; while Corrib Distribution, a leading distributor of heating oils and fuel, operates through 21 depots across 14 counties.

Having maintained a 22-year relationship with BWG Foods, all Corrib Retail convenience stores are branded as Spar, while all forecourts are branded Circle K or Texaco, with instore partners including Insomnia and Chopped.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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New course helps make sense of Artificial Intelligence and its uses

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Managers in Galway companies who would like to learn how they could put artificial intelligence (AI) to work for their organisations are being encouraged to sign up for a new course.

It comes as research found that 50% of organisations around the world have adopted AI in at least one function, while 79% of organisations are also exploring or piloting AI projects.

Of those companies who have implemented AI, 63% report revenue increases in the relevant business units.

The new Artificial Intelligence for Managers postgraduate certificate is being offered by NUI Galway to those who wish to get a better understanding of AI and its implications for business and enterprises.

Participants do not need to have any coding skills; this non-technical programme will focus instead on the strategic use of AI and how businesses and management can approach the practical implementation of AI technologies within their company. Candidates will learn about the practicalities necessary for successful AI adoption including data and skills requirements, ethics and legal issues. As such the programme would suit those in management positions in sectors like telecommunications, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, biomedical, finance, marketing, automotive and more.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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