Published on October 28th, 2022 | by Alan Dwyer


Shannon and Ireland West Winners of Age Friendly Transport Award

Shannon Airport and Ireland West Airport have been crowned joint winners of the Age Friendly Transport Awards, at the National Age Friendly Ireland Awards last night. The awards, which were held in Dromoland Castle, recognise and reward achievement in age-friendly initiatives around Ireland. Both airports became the first airports in the world to be recognised as Age-Friendly, endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), in June of this year. The airports won best in their category for the vital difference that the availability of good quality, easily accessible, user friendly, and reliable transport options can make to an older person. 

Commenting on the win, CEO of The Shannon Airport Group Mary Considine said, “Earlier this year, we were honored, along with our friends at Ireland West Airport, to be recognised and endorsed by the WHO, as the first Age Friendly airports in the world. At Shannon Airport, we understand how much it means to our older community to be able to get to where they want to go when they want to go. It is amazing how a change in infrastructure can make something so accessible and user-friendly for all ages. Things like designated age-friendly parking, better and bigger signage, and putting a cover over our walkways to shield passengers from the rain, wind, or even the hot sun as they journey to and from an aircraft. These are just some of the initiatives we have implemented here at Shannon, which are already having such a beneficial impact on our older community. It’s about making people feel safe and welcome, as well as making their journey through Shannon easier. It’s wonderful to have won this award and I want to congratulate all of the award winners from across the categories and thank our team for their commitment to this fantastic initiative.” 

John McCarthy, Head of Operations & Commercial Services, Ireland West Airport, Maura Murphy, Age Friendly Programme Manager, Mayo County Council, Seamus Weir, Cathaoirleach, Mayo County Council, Marie Flanagan, Chairperson, Older Peoples Council Mayo, Sr Maureen Lally, Age Friendly Ambassador Mayo, Kevin Kelly, CEO, Mayo County Council

Also commenting on the award, the Managing Director of Ireland West Airport, Joe Gilmore said: “We are delighted, alongside Shannon Airport to have won this prestigious national 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. I would like to express our sincere thanks to Mayo County Council, Clare County Council, Age Friendly Ireland, and The Older Peoples Council Mayo for their support for this project, which contributed greatly to this award. A special word of thanks to the airport staff and in particular our frontline staff who all made this possible. Through their continuous hard work, our airport is now acknowledged as a world leader, alongside Shannon Airport, in providing a more age-friendly environment, 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.”

Cover photo caption: Shannon Airport Director Niall Kearns, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council Tony O’Brien, CEO of The Shannon Airport Group Mary Considine and Shannon Airport’s Operational Systems & Project Manager Pamela Brooks.

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