CLARE Fine Gael TD Joe Carey has described the addition of Shannon Airport to the global network served by cargo airline Cargolux as a major boost for manufacturing businesses in the Mid-West region.

“The arrival of the first  scheduled flight by Cargolux on Thursday marks another milestone in Shannon’s post-Covid recovery and, even more significantly, provides access to more than 75 destinations for local exporters,” Deputy Carey explained.

“As chairperson of the Shannon Airport Oireachtas Group, I have consistently highlighted the major opportunities for developing Shannon as an international cargo hub. It has all the attributes required to serve as a gateway to the European Union from both the US and the UK.

“There is no reason why the new Cargolux service shouldn’t be the forerunner to Shannon’s evolution into an important European cargo hub.

“The weekly, year-round service will route from Los-Angeles via Seattle before departing from Shannon for Cargolux’s hub in Luxembourg.

“The Luxembourg base provides both a vast road trucking network across Continental Europe, and onward flights to destinations in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas,” Deputy Carey added.