Published on November 4th, 2022 | by Alan Dwyer


300 Delegates Attend SILC Aviation Leasing Conference in Limerick

With over 50% of the world’s leased fleet managed through Ireland, the Shannon International Aviation Conference (SILC) was created in 2016 from the collective interests of Shannon and Irish aviation companies. The conference was created to showcase the location and develop Shannon as the hub for technical services to support Ireland’s aircraft leasing industry. The 2022 event was held on 2nd-3rd November at the Limerick Strand Hotel with the main sponsor being the Shannon Airport Group. Over 25 Shannon based aviation service companies, some 300 delegates, a combination of operating lessors, finance lessors, aircraft and engine technical support, MRO, and a wide range of executives from the aerospace supply chain and aviation services sectors attended from across Ireland, the UK, and Europe.

The Shannon cluster of aviation businesses has just gotten bigger as Dublin-based AerAdvise announced plans today at the prestigious Shannon International Leasing Conference (SILC), to establish a new office at Shannon employing seven people. 

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Minister Hildegarde Naughton TD.

Commenting as she officially opened the conference, the Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Minister Hildegarde Naughton TD. said: “With over 90 aviation companies employing over 3,000 people have now made Shannon their home base, the Shannon aviation cluster is growing from strength to strength. As an island nation, we rely on aviation to maintain our connections with families, friends, and business, wherever they may be. Aviation is at the forefront in providing access to our island and plays a pivotal role in maintaining and growing our economic, political, and cultural connections with the rest of the world. Aviation also plays a central role in supporting our tourism industry, which is fundamental in providing employment on a regionally distributed basis, such as here in the Mid-West Region. Shannon Free Zone was the original home of Ryanair founder the late Dr. Tony Ryan’s Guinness Peat Aviation business – the world’s largest commercial aircraft lessor in the 1980s. It is wonderful to see the legacy of Shannon’s rich aviation history continue to positively impact the region’s economy.” 

Also commenting on the announcement by AerAdvise, their CTO John Whitty said, “As AerAdvise is entering a new chapter, we are expanding our presence in Ireland beyond our headquarters in Dublin (Santry) and adding the Shannon office on the Irish map. The Shannon Cluster of aviation companies has always been an important centre of aviation in Ireland and internationally, so we are delighted to have a team available to our customers on-site in Shannon to cover their needs.”  

Photo Caption: Pictured at SILC in the Limerick Strand Hotel left to right is: Founder of SILC Samantha Harding, John Whitty CTO of AerAdvise, Minister Hildegarde Naughton, Margareta Vrablova, Sales and Marketing Manager at AerAdvise, and Mike Byrt CCO AerAdvise.

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