Wednesday, 12 December 2018
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Military Aircraft Landings
27. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on reports that 423 planes carrying munitions have landed in Shannon Airport in 2018; if these reports are accurate; and if his Department retains such data. [48347/18]
Exemption permits for the carriage of munitions on board civil aircraft in Irish airspace are granted by the Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport in accordance with the provisions of the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Orders (1973, as amended). The Order applies to civil aviation only.
I can confirm that my Department recently released the figure that the Deputy is referring to on its website. This relates to the number of munitions of war applications granted to aircraft landing at Shannon Airport in accordance with the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Orders , 1973 and 1989.
My Department publishes statistics on its website summarising the number of applications processed on a monthly basis.