Shannon Airport celebrates 50 years in operation.

1945 marked the end of the flying boats from Foynes, County Limerick paving the way for a new transatlantic service out of Rineanna Airport, now Shannon Airport. With Shannon Airport came industry and jobs to the region.

The creation of Shannon also saw a number of innovations to airport facilities such as Duty Free, pre-inspection facilities for the United States of America, and fuel storage services for the Russian airlines Aeroflot. Approximately 40 million passengers have passed through Shannon over the last 50 years.

Minister for Transport Michael Lowry was in Shannon to mark the 50th birthday celebrations and announced plans to attract new business and routes to Shannon.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 24 October 1995. The reporter is Cathy Halloran.