In an historic agreement between the Irish and US governments, it was announced today that Air passengers travelling from europe to the USA will be able to take advantage fo full pre clearance at Shannon Airport in the West of Ireland prior to embarking on their journey.
The pre-clearance will allow passengers to undertake immigration, customs and agricultural inspections at Shannon.
This is a major boost to Shannon Airport which suffered the loss of a direct link to London Heathrow earlier this year. It is understood that several transAtlantic carriers are considering a stopover at Shannon to enable a smooth, hassle free arrival in the US.
British Airways has already confirmed that passengers on its planned all-business-class service between London City Airport (LCY) and New York(JFK) will be able to clear customs and immigration at Shannon airport.
Shannon is the first airport in Europe to be granted pre-clearance facilities for both customs and immigration for transatlantic services to the US. The service is expected to be launched in June 2009 with a similar service being put in place in Dublin Airport in 2010.
myguideireland welcome this move as it will significantly enhance the travel experience for those returning to the USA from an Ireland Vacation.