Ireland West Airport Knock

  • Ireland West Airport  has confirmed that cancelled Lanzarote flights today due to industrial action by Ryanair across Europe, will operate tomorrow

    The Ryanair service to/from Ireland West Airport Knock to Lanzarote have been cancelled due to industrial action by Ryanair staff in a number of European countries.

    Almost 300 flights are cancelled because of the stoppage by cabin crews in Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal, Italy and Germany.

    They are walking out for 24 hours over working conditions.

    The airline says emails or texts were sent to around 30-thousand affected customers.

    The Lanzarote service into Ireland West Airport was due in at 11.30am, while the outbound service was due to depart at 11.55am. Both have now been cancelled and have been re-scheduled for tomorrow.

     

     

  • Government funding of €1.35 million has been allocated this morning for Ireland West Airport Knock.

    The grant aid will go towards the operating costs of the airport - under the Regional Airports Programme, and is targeted at safety and security operations, such as air traffic control, fire services and security.

    Speaking to Midwest News this morning, the Minister of State for Transport Hildegarde Naughton acknowledged that this €1.35 million is part of the funding announced in the Budget for the Regional Airports Programme.

  • Some 30,000 people will be welcomed through Ireland West Airport Knock over the Christmas period, making it the busiest festive season in the airport's 32 year history.

    This Friday 21st December is set to be the busiest day for arriving passengers, with over 2,500 people expected to touch down at the airport.

    Midwest Radio's Mid Morning Show will be broadcast live from the airport on Friday, with local schools and choirs from across the region performing in the arrivals area over the coming days to add to the festive atmosphere.

    Passenger numbers for 2018 are set to reach 772,000 for the first time - up 3% on last year's figures.

    2019 is expected to be a further year of growth at the airport following the announcement of a new service to Cologne in Germany with Ryanair which starts next June, and the introduction of additional seats on the Ryanair Barcelona and Bristol services.

     

  • A bird strike near Ireland West Airport Knock delayed the Knock-Gatwick flight by several hours yesterday evening.

    A spokesperson for the airport confirmed that there was a bird strike just before the Aer Lingus service landed.

    As a result, an engineer had to come and inspect the aircraft.

    Once the all-clear was given, the outbound flight to Gatwick departed safely - about three hours later than scheduled.

     

     

  • Ireland West Airport has announced that Croí, Hope House and The Jack and Jill Foundation have been selected by airport staff as its charity partners for 2019.

    A number of events will take place during the course of 2019 which will engage passengers and staff with the aim of raising as much money as possible for the three charities. The headline event for 2019 will again be the annual 5k runway fun run sponsored by Portwest, which will take place on the runway at Ireland West Airport on Saturday March 30th at 5pm.

    This year will be a particularly memorable year for the Runway run as it will be the last time a run will take place on the current runway which is due to be resurfaced in May 2019. To celebrate there will be a number of prizes on the day with a chance for participants to win flights to Barcelona,and Bristol.

    Entry to the event costs €20 per adult and €5 for under-16’s. A special family rate of €40 will be available for families of 2 adults and 2 kids.  All participants will receive a race t-shirt and complimentary car parking and refreshments at the airport will be provided on the day.

    Participants can sign up and find more information by visiting www.irelandwestairport.com/runwayrun. The number of participants is restricted and those interested are advised to register early to avoid disappointment. 

    Launching the charities of the year programme for 2019 Joe Gilmore, Managing Director, Ireland West Airport said “We are delighted to be partnering with three great new charities in 2019. This is the fourth year of our Staff Charity programme which has to date raised almost €100,000 for Irish charities.

  • Flybe services between Ireland West Airport Knock and the UK cities of Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester will continue to operate as normal, after ministers agreed on Tuesday night to a rescue deal to keep the airline flying.

    The package of measures include a potential loan and / or the possible short-term deferral of an air passenger duty bill, and a pledge to review taxes on domestic flights.

    Ireland West Airport Knock has welcomed the announcement, as Flybe provides over 100,000 seats annually between Knock and the UK.

    The airport says it will ensure that regional connections will not only continue, but will flourish in the years to come.

     

     

  • Funding of over €5.7 million has been confirmed for Ireland West Airport Knock.

    The airport has been approved capital expenditure of over 4.7 million public policy remit-Capital funding of a little under one million euro.

    €4.7 million will go towards the runway overlay, €18,750 will go towards a snow vehicle and €18,750 for an airside maintenance vehicle.

    The PPR-Capital funding will be used for CCTV upgrade.

    €849,986 will be used to upgrade baggage screening and €90,000 for fire simulator and training ground upgrade.

    Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring says this is a substantial boost to Ireland West Airport Knock and will help the airport to continue to develop as a top quality airport for the West and North West of the country.

    Minister Ring says 2011, Fine Gael led Governments have invested more than €23 million in Ireland West Airport Knock.

  • Government funding of over €1.7 million has been announced for Ireland West Airport Knock, for safety and security measures.

    The allocation, under the Government's Regional Airports Programme, is in addition to a €5.7 million investment by Government in IWAK in June this year.

    Minister Michael Ring says €25 million has been allocated by Government to Knock Airport since 2011, and this year's passenger numbers are expected to exceed 800,000 for the first time.

     

  • Ireland West Airport Knock is facing a near-catastrophic situation, as passenger numbers over the Summer collapsed by 90%.

    The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a financial crisis for the Mayo airport - due to a collapse in passenger numbers and the stringent travel restrictions currently in place in Ireland.

    The business communities of Mayo, Galway and Sligo have now united for the first time, to call on Government to respond to the challenges currently facing the airport.

    Ireland West Airport Knock was closed for three months this year - from the end of March to the start of July, and since reopening, has seen a dramatic fall in flights and in passengers -with many staff laid off and others on reduced working hours.

    The airport's managing director Joe Gilmore told Midwest News today that passenger numbers collapsed by 90% since July, compared to the same period last year, while they're looking at losses of up to €4 million this year.

    The chambers of commerce in Mayo, Galway and Sligo are now seeking an urgent meeting with Galway-based Minister of State Hildegarde Naughten, and the Transport Minister Eamon Ryan to discuss the challenges facing Knock Airport.

    Ahead of next month's Budget, they're calling for urgent support through an expanded regional airports programme, to address the financial crisis facing Ireland West Airport.

  • After an unprecedented 3-month closure, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Ireland West Airport Knock is reopening this morning.

    People are still being advised against non-essential travel, and will have to quarantine for 14 days after arriving back in Ireland but Ryanair is resuming a number of flights today to and from both Knock and Shannon airports.

    Passengers travelling through Ireland West Airport Knock are being reminded to bring face masks or coverings to the airport with them.

    Meanwhile, there are calls for the Government to make a clear decision on whether we can travel overseas or not this summer.

    The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has asked people not to, but the Government recently said foreign travel may be possible to certain countries which has the virus under control.
    Latest figures, show one more Covid-19 patient has died here and 11 more cases were confirmed last evening.

    There's one new case in Mayo, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 572, while 10 additional cases have been confirmed in Sligo bringing the county's total to 138.

    Galway remains on 485 confirmed cases, with 345 in Roscommon and 79 in Leitrim.

  • Staff at Ireland West Airport Knock  have been temporarily laid off, as the airport will suspend operations from next Monday 30th March.

    Ryanair is suspending all flights to and from Ireland West Airport Knock from tomorrow evening, due to Covid-19, and from next Sunday, Aer Lingus is suspending its Knock-Gatwick service.

    Following the confirmation from both airlines that they're suspending services, operations at the Mayo airport will be temporarily suspended from next Monday until further notice.

    Managing Director of Ireland West Airport Knock Joe Gilmore told Midwest News that they have had to place up to 160 staff on temporary lay-off from next Monday, in order to safeguard the longterm future of the airport, and the health and welfare of staff, but he's looking forward to the airport reopening after this crisis.

  • Ryanair have announced they're suspending all flights operations from Ireland West Airport Knock - and the other regional airports - from Saturday 14th November, for a 4-week period.

    The airline has announced the suspension of flights from the regional airports due to a complete collapse in travel demand, as a result of the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the current travel restrictions in place.

    This means Ireland West Airport will close on Saturday 14th November, and reopen four weeks later, on Sunday 13th December.

    Airport management say this is another devastating blow for Knock Airport and its staff, where passenger numbers have plummeted by over 90% this year.

    The airport is calling on Government to provide urgent support to address the financial losses it's experiencing this year.

  • Six million euro in additional government funding has been announced this afternoon for three regional airports – Ireland West Airport Knock, Kerry and Donegal airports.

    Mayo Fianna deputy Dara Calleary says the funds are allocated as a consequence of Covid 19 under an Aeronautical Loss fund 2020.

    Deputy Calleary told Midwest News today that the exact allocation under this fund to each airport will be announced later.

  • Joe Gilmore, managing director of Ireland West Airport Knock, has been appointed to the new National Taskforce for Aviation Recovery.

    Transport Minister Shane Ross yesterday announced the members of the new taskforce, which will make recommendations to the Minister on what needs to be done to get Irish aviation back up and running after the Covid-19 pandemic, as a major driver of economic recovery.

    The vast majority of flights into and out of Ireland have been suspended due to Covid-19, while Ireland West Airport Knock has been closed since late March.

    The new taskforce, comprising of industry leaders, will submit an action plan to Government by 10th July, focusing on the immediate action required, and further measures with a 5-year outlook.

    Ireland West Airport's managing director Joe Gilmore says these are unprecedented times for the aviation and tourism industry, and in particular airports which are facing into a prolonged period of reduced flights and passenger demand, combined with a major decline in commercial income.

    He says supporting and sustaining critical air access into regional Ireland is, now more than ever, of major importance as a driver for the recovery of the regional economy.

     

  • The founder of Aer Arann says it's a pity that funding for the aviation sector took so long to be approved.

    Representatives from Ireland West Airport Knock, Donegal and Kerry Airports will be before the Oireachtas Transport Committee this morning.

    They're calling for pre-departure testing and the implementation of the recommendations of the Aviation Recovery Taskforce.

    It comes as 48 million euro in additional funding to support the sector was announced by the Government yesterday.

    Galway-based Padraig O'Ceidigh, a former Senator and member of the Aviation Recovery Taskforce, says the situation the sector finds itself in hasn't improved:

  • The Government has been advised to lift the 14 day quarantine for people arriving into Ireland by next Wednesday.

    The Aviation Recovery Taskforce was set up two weeks ago to make recommendations on how to help the Irish aviation sector to recover.

    It says Ireland is now significantly behind other European Union Member States when it comes to restoring air travel.

    Managing Director of Ireland West Airport Joe Gilmore, who's a member of the taskforce, says supporting and incentivising the restoration of critical air access into regional Ireland is of vital importance for the regional economy.

    The taskforce says it will follow its interim report with a final report early next month.

  • As a result of the storm warning, this evening's Aer Lingus flights between Ireland West Airport Knock and Gatwick Airport in London have been cancelled.

    The inbound and outbound flights have both been cancelled, and passengers can contact Aer Lingus to rebook, or request a refund.

    Management at Ireland West Airport Knock expect all Ryanair and Flybe services to operate as planned today.

     

  • Eirtrade Aviation Limited, the global technical assets services and trading company took delivery of an Airbus A380 aircraft at its facility at Ireland West Airport yesterday evening.

    It was the largest passenger aircraft to ever land at Ireland West Airport.

    The Airbus A380 which is the largest passenger aircraft currently flying worldwide, with a capacity for 868 passengers, will be parked and stored at Eirtrade’s facility at Ireland West Airport.

    Eirtrade, as part of its ongoing business at the airport, has completed similar projects on the Boeing 737, 757 series aircraft and Airbus A320 families which has proven their capabilities in the area of complex disassembly for an international customer base. It is expected that this will lead to further similar projects in the near term for the facility at Ireland West Airport.

    This is also a significant development for Ireland West Airport as it recently completed the rehabilitation and overlay of the main Runway and has received zoning approval for a Strategic Development Zone for the land bank in and around the airport.

    The Airport Board are continuing discussions with Government and its stakeholders in regard to the construction of a large hangar facility that would support the further development of aircraft disassembly, repair and maintenance at the airport which in turn would lead to the creation of an aviation hub and potentially significant job creation in the area.

     

  • The Manchester and Edinburgh flights to Ireland West Airport Knock have been cancelled today.

    Both flights have been cancelled due to operational and crew issues with Flybe.

    Ireland West Airport Knock say that all passengers affected will be assisted with getting on the next available flight.

     

  • Mayo Civil Defence is in charge of coordinating 140 volunteers to assist the emergency services for the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland West Airport Knock and Knock Shrine on Sunday.

    Volunteers from Donegal, Roscommon, Laois, Sligo and Galway will join Mayo Civil Defence in assisting the primary response units on Saturday night into Sunday.

    Civil Defence will provide a range of equipment including 11 ambulances, 9 fire appliances, 19 heavy vehicles including four wheel drives, large vans and medium size trucks and 2 minibuses for transportation and logistics. A number of volunteers will also support the Gardaí with drone capability if required. Dublin Civil Defence will also provide a communications vehicle using the TETRA network to ensure efficient communications between all volunteers and with the Gardaí and National Ambulance Service if required. Civil Defence will also have a welfare unit in operation to provide food for all volunteers on duty over the Saturday night and Sunday.