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air of optimism Shannon Airport passengers delighted to be flying again as Covid Certificates come into effect

'With the introduction of the EU Digital COVID certificate, together with the roll-out of the vaccination programme, which is powering ahead, there is a real sense of optimism in the air'

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Jack and Rita Fitzgibbon

Jack and Rita Fitzgibbon

Jack and Rita Fitzgibbon

Dozens of passengers were delighted to board the first flight to the UK from Shannon Airport as European Digital Covid Certificates came into effect today.

The EU Digital Covid Certificate (DCC) has been introduced for travel within the EU and EEA, which includes Iceland, Norway, and Lichtenstein.

Many eager passengers were buzzing with anticipation as they boarded the earliest flight out of the Shannon Airport this morning - the 7.10am flight to Gatwick Airport in London.

Among those boarding were Jack and Rita Fitzgibbon from Limerick who were travelling to England hoping to arrive ahead of the birth of their first great grandchild.

Rita explained: “We are travelling because we hope to celebrate the birth of our great grandchild. It's our first great grandchild and we're all excited. We haven't seen our grandchildren since the beginning of the coronavirus.

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Jack and Rita Fitzgibbon

Jack and Rita Fitzgibbon

Jack and Rita Fitzgibbon

 

“It's absolutely marvellous to be back in Shannon again. Now with our vaccination, this is the only way that we'll be able to travel to England to see our children.”

Helen Quinlivan, a Shannon Duty Free Sales Associate, said that the atmosphere in the airport today was wonderful to see.

“Today is a great day because you can see the atmosphere around the place, people are at ease here and they're glad to be back, they're glad to get up in the sky again.

“It's great to see the excitement. People are really looking forward to going back and seeing their loved ones and they're very at ease,” she added.

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Shannon Group CEO Mary Considine agreed and said that there is “a real sense of optimism” with the reopening of international travel and the introduction of DCC.

Ms Considine said: “The reopening of international travel is a very significant step forward not only for Shannon Airport, but for the thousands of jobs and businesses along the Wild Atlantic Way and Mid-West that depend on these services to support their operation.

“With the introduction of the EU Digital COVID certificate, together with the roll-out of the vaccination programme, which is powering ahead, there is a real sense of optimism in the air.

“Although there is a long road ahead of us to get airport passenger numbers back to anything like 2019 levels, it is important to acknowledge these milestones on our journey to recover and rebuild our business.”

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