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Shannon records 15% passenger hike in first half of 2014

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Shannon Airport has recorded a 15 per cent increase in terminal passenger numbers over the first time months of the year – thanks, in part, to 16 service enhancements, including nine new Ryanair routes.

A breakdown of figures revealed at a joint Shannon Airport/Ryanair Travel Clinic in Bunratty to promote the airline’s winter schedule, complete with five additional services on last year’s schedule, shows that passenger numbers on European routes have enjoyed a 54% uplift in the year to date.

The bulk of the increase has been driven by the nine new services – to Munich, Paris, Faro, Warsaw, Krakow, Nice, Poitiers, Berlin and Fuerteventura – launched by Ryanair in April.

Overall, passenger numbers through the Shannon terminal in the first six months of the year were 653,894, up from 568,133 in the same period last year.

The increase, which is timely in the context of the launch of the Wild Atlantic Way driving route this year, has not just been confined to Europe, with UK passengers showing a return to growth after some challenging years with a 5% increase and transatlantic up by 11%.

“We are really happy with the passenger numbers so far this year.

We worked hard with our airline partners to secure the new services and there has been a really positive response from the public,” said Shannon Airport Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Murphy.

“We have made huge strides this year in meeting the demand for services to and from Shannon with the nine new routes for the summer season.  We are also looking at a better upcoming winter season thanks to the five additional services that Ryanair have announced.

“The significant increases in services are very timely this year with the launch of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Shannon is the only airport on the route with services from all three key markets, the US, UK and Europe.  If Shannon is going well, it bodes well for the route,” he added.

Ryanair’s Head of Sales & Marketing, Peter Bellew, said the company was delighted to celebrate record growth at Shannon Airport with 18 routes which will deliver 750,000 customers for 2014.

“Ryanair’s nine new summer routes to and from Berlin, Faro, Fuerteventura, Krakow, Memmingen, Nice, Paris Beauvais, Poitiers and Warsaw Modlin, and five new winter routes to and from Berlin, Fuerteventura, Krakow, Paris Beauvais & Warsaw, will deliver over 300,000 additional passengers at Shannon Airport,” he concluded.

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WDC helps you make your move

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The outdoor office....Karen Sweeney, Regional Communications Executive, Western Development Commission and Allan Mulrooney, Head of Communications, WDC and AEC Development.

The Western Development Commission has launched a new online jobs portal aimed at attracting professionals and their families to make new lives in Co. Galway and the West.

Westernjobs.ie will help job seekers to find open roles across the region and assist employers in gauging the availability and depth of skills that they require.

With more and more people working remotely due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the WDC is encouraging people to make a permanent and viable move to the West where they can enjoy housing costs that are among the lowest in Ireland.

A tool specifically for the West of Ireland has never previously been available. Movers can avail of the many job options including remote working and hybrid options as full-time and part-time open across multiple sectors.

The new portal – which is free to use – will not only give job seekers the chance to land a dream job, it will also give employers information on the talent pool available to them in a particular county in the Western region.

Research carried out by the WDC in January found that 50 percent of large employers in the region were faced with a limited skills pool for open positions while 32.65 percent experience difficulty finding senior staff.

Hundreds of new jobs have been announced in the Western region in 2021 and there are currently open roles available across sectors such as ecommerce, MedTech, IT and engineering.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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More women seek unpaid leave to look after childcare in the home

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Working from home...participants wanted for western survey.

Female workers have borne more of the brunt of Covid than their male counterparts – with significantly more women than men requesting unpaid leave to look after childcare in the home.

That’s according to a survey published this week by Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, which also reveals that almost half of its members said that more women than men had requested changes to their working patterns to facilitate caring responsibilities.

And according to Ibec, the findings confirm the growing concerns that Covid has the potential to regress hard-earned progress in gender equity.

The survey, carried out in March, sought to examine the impact of Covid on women.

It found that 20% of organisations had noticed a change in the position of women in their organisations over the past twelve months – including increased pressure and stress for women, childcare responsibilities, and requests from women for worktime flexibility to accommodate childcare and/or eldercare.

“Historically, women are disproportionately impacted by crises, disasters, and societal disruption, and Covid-19 checks all those boxes,” said Ibec Head of Social Policy, Dr. Kara McGann.

“Our survey findings confirm that Covid-19 has accentuated long standing gender imbalances across several dimensions, threatening hard won markers of gender equity.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Securing Digital Hub would create over 300 jobs in the next three years

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Minister Hildegarde Naughten....significant boost.

The west and north-west could be on course to become the location for a European Digital Innovation Hub – providing local businesses with access to technological services and creating over 300 jobs in the next three years.

If successful, more than 575 jobs are also expected to be created indirectly during the same period, and the number of direct jobs created by the hub is predicted to rise to over 1,600 within the next decade.

A network of EDIHs is being established by the European Commission as part of the Digital Europe Programme, which will support companies and organisations in their digital transformations, sharing the latest advances in areas like cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and high-performance computing.

The region has been made a designated candidate EDIH for Ireland, which will now be included in a restricted call for EDIHs to be launched by the European Commission next month. Only four projects have been selected from a competitive national field.

Its bid to be chosen as an EDIH location was supported by local Minister Hildegarde Naughton, who hailed the move as a potential major boost for local enterprises and the regional economy.

“I am hoping that this will be a significant boost for the western and north-western region, and extremely positive news particularly for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that would benefit from access to the hub at an important time for technological innovation. I will now be working with my colleagues in Europe in support of the Western – Northwest proposal,” she said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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