Ireland West Airport

  • The Aer Lingus service to and from Ireland West Airport Knock to London Gatwick this afternoon has been cancelled.

    The cancellation is due to the fact that a drone has forced London Gatwick to close.

    The drone is still flying above the runway and has caused huge disruption so far, with 16 flights from Dublin Airport either cancelled or diverted.

    British police haven’t tracked down the person flying the drone and says it is a deliberate act.

    Thousands of passengers trying to get home for Christmas have been left stranded.

  • Austrian based airline Lauda, a subsidiary of Ryanair Holdings, has announced a new service to Palma Majorca from the Ireland West airport Knock.

    The new Majorca service will commence on March 31st 2020 and operate twice weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the summer period using an Airbus A320, aircraft.

    Lauda is a low-cost carrier based in Vienna in Austria and currently flies to 38 destinations across Europe.

    The Palma route will be a non-stop service from Knock and will see the Lauda fleet grow to 33 aircraft at 4 bases in Vienna, Stuttgart, Dusseldorf and Palma.

    Lauda airline tickets start from €19.99 and flights to Palma Majorca can be booked by visiting www.laudamotion.com and www.ryanair.com

    Andreas Gruber, CEO, Lauda told Midwest Radio News that the airline is excited to expand into the Irish market.

  • This Sunday will be "business as usual" at Ireland West Airport, even though Pope Francis will be touching down at the airport en route to Knock Shrine.

    Airport management say a full schedule of flights will operate on Sunday, and over 5,000 passengers are expected to pass through the airport that day.

    However, passengers are being advised to leave plenty of time to arrive at the airport, as road closures and diversions will be in place.

     

    The main N17 road from Claremorris to Charlestown will be closed from midnight Saturday night until about 3pm Sunday afternoon.

    Diversions will be signposted, and most passengers will be diverted off the N5 at Cloonaghboy or Carracastle, to take the Old Airport Road.

    The access road to the airport will also be closed for a time when the Pope arrives at Knock Airport, and again when he's departing.

  • The company that manages Ireland West Airport Knock has been fined a total of €10,000 for the illegal use of green diesel.

    RTE reports that Connaught Airport Development Company Limited pleaded guilty to four counts of illegal use of green diesel in vehicles, including a de-icer, a snow plough, a small bus for transporting passengers, and a fuel tanker.

    Tubbercurry District Court heard that airport management co-operated with officers employed by the Office of the Revenue Commissioners and accepted that green diesel was being used in 14 vehicles at the Mayo airport.

    Evidence given outlined that officials claimed they were not aware the practice of using green diesel was illegal and that they had "always" used the fuel.

    The court heard that management believed - as the vehicles were not on public roads - the fuel was permitted to be used but since the detection, all use of green diesel has ceased at the airport.

    Judge Kevin Kilrane said it was a negligence matter more than intent to defraud, adding that the airport was a vital link in the west.

    Judge Kilrane convicted Connaught Airport Development Company Ltd on all four counts, fining the company €2,500 in each matter.

     

  • Mayo TD Lisa Chambers has called on the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross to instruct Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to erect signposts on the M6 & M17 motorways for Ireland West Airport in Knock.

    The Fianna Fail deputy claims it’s ridiculous that she has to ask the Minister for something that should already be there. She claims there is no logic  in having an airport without proper signage in place.

    The deputy has sent a parliamentary question to the Minister asking him to instruct the TII to put the proper signage in place and has also written to the TII asking for same.

     

  • 15 weekly flights between Ireland West Airport Knock and the UK cities of Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham have been cancelled with immediate effect, after Flybe collapsed into administration overnight.

    It includes two inbound and outbound flights today from Knock to Manchester and Birmingham.

    Over 2,000 jobs, including 150 jobs in Belfast, are at risk, with Flybe blaming its decision on a fall in bookings due to coronavirus.

    All passengers with Flybe bookings are advised not to turn up at airports.

    Passengers are unlikely to get their money back from the airline directly, but those who bought their ticket using a credit or debit card may be able to do so - they're advised to contact their card provider, while those with travel insurance are also advised to contact the insurance company to see if they're covered for the failure of an airline.

     

    The Flybe administrator can be contacted at a UK phone number - 0044 207 951 7801

     

     

     

     

     

  • Airline Flybe has collapsed - just weeks after a rescue deal saved it from going bust.

    It says coronavirus has caused a drop in bookings.

    Here its flights have been grounded at Ireland West Airport Knock, Cork, and Dublin.

    in a statement from Ireland West Airport Knock to Midwest News this morning they say the regret to announce that all Flybe flights have been cancelled after the airline entered administration this morning.  

    Any passengers booked with Flybe who have not yet started their journey should not travel to the airport unless they have arranged an alternative flight with another airline.  

    Please visit www.flybe.com to read the Flybe statement and advice for passengers with existing bookings.

    Ireland West Airport Knock say they regret the loss of Flybe, which has played an important role over the last ten years in providing important access to the West of Ireland with flights to and from Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester and our thoughts are with Flybe staff whose jobs have been affected by today’s news.

    Access to the North West of England and the Midlands region will continue to be provided by Ryanair through their year round services to Liverpool and East-Midlands Nottingham.

    The airport will continue to seek alternative airline carriers to operate these services.

  • British airline Flybe has issued a statement, clarifying that its services between Ireland West Airport Knock and Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester continue to operate as normal.

    Over the weekend, British regional airline Flybmi went into administration, and cancelled all flights with immediate effect.

    Flybe has today issued a statement explaining that the two airlines are completely separate carriers, and Flybe services from Knock to the UK are in no way affected by the situation relating to Flybmi.

     

     

  • Gardai have held a briefing today in advance of the Pope’s visit to Ireland next month.

    Pope Francis will visit Knock Shrine on Sunday August 26th.

     

    Gardai say road closures will be in place from 6pm on Saturday evening

    From 6pm on Saturday the centre of Knock Village will be closed (except to residents). The N17 between Charlestown and Claremorris will be closed from 12 midnight on Saturday until at least 3pm on Sunday.

    For those who live and work near Knock, a business and community liaison team is in place to handle queries, working closely with Claremorris Garda Station.

    Gardai are asking people to use a private coach or carpool to and from the event, join a parish or community coach group or carpool where possible, as car park spaces are limited and may be some walking distance from the Shrine.

    Coaches have a designated parking area on the N17. This will result in the shortest distance to walk to and from the Knock Shrine via a short walkway.

    There is a considerable walk from the car parks due to the size, scale and location of the event and there will be no shuttle bus facility available between car parks and the event site. If cars are necessary, carpooling and car sharing is essential.

    Iarnród Éireann and Bus Éireann will be providing public transport for this event. A bus shuttle service will operate from Claremorris train station to take people to Knock Shrine.  For those who have a ticket for the event, the bus shuttle service will be free.

    No public viewing opportunities will be available at Knock Airport.

    It will not be possible for the public to view Pope Francis arriving or departing due to security limitations.

    Those flying into and out of Ireland West Airport Knock on Sunday will have some access with strict limitations.  Only those named on airline passenger lists and those transporting named passengers will be able to access the airport between 12 midnight on Saturday and 11.30am on Sunday. 

    Outbound passengers in particular are advised to allow more travel time than usual as there will be a number of security checks on airport access routes. 

    Information updated on a regular basis on www.gov.ie/popeinireland, which will direct you to all the main information website pages.

  • Ireland West Airport has confirmed a 30% reduction in staff levels as a direct result of Covid-19.

    The Managing Director of the Knock based Airport Joe Gilmore told Midwest Radio today that it’s an extremely difficult time for all concerned with so many new realities facing the aviation industry at present.

    The restart of flight operations will commence at the airport from Wednesday July 1st with ten routes flying from Ryanair.

    Mr Gilmore says the safety of passengers and staff will be a key priority once the airport reopens.

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    Ireland West Airport Knock will close tomorrow.

    Due to severe weather warnings in Ireland and the UK, Aer Lingus, Flybe and Ryanair have  cancelled all flights due to operate tomorrow, Friday.

    As a result, Knock Airport will remain closed tomorrow, and will reopen for full operation – weather permitting – on Saturday morning at 7am.

    For the latest information, passengers are advised to contact their airline.

     

  • Ireland West Airport staff this week presented a cheque for €33,000 to the airport's three staff nominated charities for 2018 – Down Syndrome Ireland, Mayo & Roscommon Hospice and The Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.. 

    Over the course of 2018 a number of events took place with Ireland West Airport employees getting involved to support the three charities.

    The most successful fundraiser in 2018 was the Portwest 5km Runway Run, which saw over 1,100 people take to the airports runway in glorious sunshine in late May whilst in August airport staff and charity volunteers took part in a ‘spinathon’ in the airport terminal to cycle the equivalent distance from the airport to Salou using stationery bicycles.

    The final fundraiser in November saw the airport host a charity bingo night attended by 500 people which was a huge success.

     

  • Ireland West Airport yesterday welcomed the first scheduled service from Cologne with Ryanair to the West of Ireland.

    Between June and September Ryanair will operate direct flights to and from Cologne every Tuesday and Saturday. Cologne is Germany’s fourth largest city. Centred on the left bank of the Rhine, Cologne is regarded as Germany’s capital of carnivals reflecting the lifestyle of its inhabitants, who make Cologne the incredibly energetic spot that it is. Cologne is ideally located just an hour’s train journey from Frankfurt and only 90 minutes from Brussels providing easy onwards travel options for visitors.

    This new service is a major boost for tourism in the West and North West regions of Ireland as it provides the only direct access to the West Coast from the North Rhine-Westphalia region. Germany is the third-largest market for tourism to the island of Ireland with a record year forecasted in 2018 of over 650,000 German visitors with 50% of German holidaymakers visiting the West and North West of Ireland during their stay.

    On hand to greet arriving passengers were representatives from the Gourmet Greenway Food Trail who provided samples of delicious locally produced cuisines. The food trail has been devised by the Mulranny Park Hotel, in association with Mayo food producers, to showcase the wonderful artisan food in the vicinities of Mulranny, Newport, Westport and Achill.

    Accompanying passengers on the first flight from Cologne were a selection of media representatives from some of Germanys biggest media organisations who will be taking part in a 3 day familiarisation trip around the West and North West of Ireland during their stay.

     

     

  • An air traffic control outage in France in being blamed for the cancellation of the Knock-Birmingham flight yesterday.

    Flybe has confirmed to Midwest News that the Knock-Birmingham service was cancelled due to the knock-on effect caused by the air traffic control action, which affected flights across the Flybe network.

    The airline says all passengers affected were offered the option of being re-accomodated on an alternative flight, or applying for a full refund.

    Flybe has apologised to passengers for any inconvenience caused as a result of this situation, which it says was entirely out of its control.

     

     

  • A major emergency exercise will take place this afternoon at Ireland West Airport Knock.

    The exercise will involve members of all the emergency services, and will run between 3 and 5.30pm.

  • The commitment of the Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin to Ireland West Airport Knock and its development must be seriously questioned, according to Mayo Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin.

    The Senator is reacting to statements made by Mr Martin, and published by the Clare Champion, when he was in county Clare recently.

    Senator Mulherin claims the FF leader appeared to take issue with the way IWAK has been funded, suggesting that there should be additional State intervention for Shannon Airport.The Clare Champion is quoting Mr Martin as stating that the government has overcome state aid issues to find ways of funding Knock airport.

    The Mayo Senator told Midwest News she is calling on Micheal Martin to clarify his remarks and his commitment to IWAK.

  • Most public transport services are returning to a normal schedule today.

    Bus Eireann says the majority of their services have resumed but some delays are expected on certain routes.

    Irish Rail is operating most routes with the exception of a small number which are expected to return tomorrow.

    Ireland West Airport Knock is open and fully operational, as it was yesterday. So far this morning the Ryanair Stansted flight has landed and the London Luton service is due at 11.30am.

    The Luas Green Line will operate a limited service from 11am this morning while the Red Line is operating from the Red Cow to The Point.

     

    Dublin Bus services have resumed with some minor disruptions to schedules.

     

  • Tour Operator TUI, commenced their newest service from Ireland West Airport to Majorca at the weekend.

    With a weekly flight every Friday until the 24th of August, holidaymakers throughout the West of Ireland can now travel to Majorca in addition to Costa Dorada direct from IWAK.

    Majorca is home to the popular resorts of Santa Ponsa, Alcudia and Palma Nova, and its capital -  Palma.

    For further information on holidays to Majorca  you can visitwww.tuiholidays.ie  or call 1850 45 35 45.

  • Over €1.9 million euro in Government funding has been allocated for Ireland West Airport Knock.

    It's part of a €3.7 million package of grant aid announced by the Transport Minister for regional airports in Knock, Kerry and Donegal.

    The funding of one million, 916 thousand euro for Ireland West Airport will contribute towards operational costs such as traffic control, fire, safety and security.

    CEO of Ireland West Airport Knock Joe Gilmore has welcomed the funding, which comes as the airport recorded its busiest year ever in 2018, with passenger numbers set to exceed 770,000.

    A number of major projects have also been completed at the Mayo airport this year, including the development of a new Visitor Discovery Centre which was officially opened last week.

     

     

  • Over 1,000 people are expected to take part in the Ireland West Airport charity 5k runway run this evening. 

    The event gets underway at 5pm, and all proceeds raised go towards the airport's three nominated charities for 2019 - Hope House, Croi and the Jack & Jill Foundation. 

    There are also prizes of free flights and hotel breaks on offer for some of the participants. 

    This is the last time a run will take place on the current runway at Knock Airport, as it's due to be resurfaced in the coming months.