Irish Transport Minister Martin Cullen cut the ribbon to mark the official launch of ITC Handling’s Shannon operations, in front of a large audience of VIPs and representatives of the Shannon freight agent community. The company was launched by Dublin-based aviation services group IAM to complete its portfolio of cargo management services for airlines.

ITC Handling - which has also opened bases at Dublin and Belfast Airports - has taken over receiving and handling for 10 of the 11 airlines represented by IAM’s GSSA operation, which controls almost 20% of the Irish Republic’s export airfreight market; the latest carrier recruit is Air Canada. ITC Handling will also handle airlines not represented by IAM.

In addition to export receiving and handling of air cargo, ITC Handling will also provide carriers with a full import service for traffic into Ireland, incorporating road transfer from their import gateway, pallet breakdown and local delivery.

IAM Director Robert Monks told guests: “With the opening of our ground handling company in Shannon and its sisters in Dublin and Belfast, and working closely with our strategic service partners BARC and Jan de Rijk, we have completed our service offering to airlines: we are now a one-stop-shop for their cargo requirements. We have also now taken full control over the critical ground elements of the airfreight supply chain. That means greater reliability and streamlined transit times. ITC Handling will make a significant contribution to the quality of the supply chain for Irish business as it competes for world trade.”

Minister Cullen added, “I very much welcome the investment of ITC Handling in Shannon and the mid-west. Investment of this nature means jobs can grow, economic life in the region is supported and it cements Shannon Airport as a key piece of transport infrastructure. ITC Handling’s services are an integral part of an effective Airport and particularly crucial in moving cargo through airports efficiently. I wish the Company every success.”