Ireland West Airport Knock

  • 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.

  • The Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring yesterday officially launched the new Visitor Discovery Centre at Ireland West Airport Knock.

    Minister Michael Ring was also at the airport to launch the new Ryanair service from Knock to Cologne.

    The Visitor Discovery Centre project is a collaborative initiative involving seven local authorities. Funding of €400,000 was provided for the project by Minister Ring’s department, through the REDZ 2016 scheme, along with part funding from each of the local authorities and the airport itself.

  • Ireland West Airport Knock, along with Donegal and Kerry airports, will benefit from over €21 million euro announced in the Budget for regional airports.

    That's according to Galway's Hildegarde Naughton, Minister of State with responsibility for international transport.

    While Ministers Paschal Donohue and Michael McGrath specifically announced funding for the State airports at Cork and Shannon, they did not refer to Knock in their Budget speeches.

    However, Minister Naughton told Midwest News that she fully realises the importance of Ireland West Airport Knock to the region, and it will benefit from the regional airport funding allocated in yesterday's Budget....

  • A new Covid-19 testing facility will open at Ireland West Airport Knock from 12 noon tomorrow - 8th December.

    RocDoc currently operates drive-thru testing facilities at Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports, and will operate a walk-through facility in the Arrivals area of the main terminal building at Knock Airport.

    This will provide a private testing service to members of the public, with results available on the same day.

    RocDoc offers approved tests using PCR and LAMP technology, and prices start from €129 per test.

    Ireland West Airport Knock is due to reopen on 18th December, having been closed since mid-November due to the suspension of Ryanair flights.

    RocDoc says the testing service is available for intending passengers, and also for the general public, and tests can be booked on CovidCheck.ie

  • There will be no scheduled flights between Ireland West Airport and Britain for the remainder of 2020. That was confirmed this afternoon by a spokesperson for Ireland West Airport Knock.

    The Irish Government today extended the ban on flights from Britain until December 31st following fears over a new strain of COVID-19 in the UK.

    The measures will be reviewed by Government on January 1st 2021.

    The ban applies to all passenger flights with the exception of repatriation flights. Passengers due to travel over the coming days are advised to contact Ryanair. 

  • Passenger flights are to resume at both Ireland West Airport Knock and Shannon Airport from next Wed 1st July.

    Ryanair will operate services from both airports to a number of destinations.

    At Ireland West Airport, a range of new measures have been introduced in relation to Covid-19.

    Only those with a confirmed booking should enter the terminal building, and passengers are advised to wear a face covering or mask throughout the journey throught the airport.

    Where possible, passengers should use online check in and electronic boarding passes, and practice physical distancing where possible, in line with national guidelies.

    Hand sanitiser stations will be available at the airport, and customers are asked to use contactless card to pay for goods or services at the airport.

    Meanwhile, the Irish Government is currently advising against all non-essential overseas travel, and anyone arriving into Ireland by air must self-isolate for 14 days after arrival.

     

     

     

     

  • The Covid-19 pandemic and current travel restrictions are continuing to have a devastating impact on Ireland West Airport Knock.

    Just 5, 752 passengers travelled through the Mayo airport last month - down 92% on September last year when over 76,000 passengers used the airport.

    During last month, passenger numbers to and from the UK fell by 90%, while European passenger traffic fell by 98%.

    Only 275 passengers travelled to and from the airport's only European destination operating currently - that's Faro in Portugal.

    Ryanair has reduced their schedule of flights to and from the airport by over 50% for September and October, in response to Covid-19 and the current travel restrictions in place.

    Private aviation traffic fell by 68% in September, compared to the previous year.

    In the first 9 months of this year, just over 136,000 passengers have travelled through Knock Airport - compared to almost 626,000 between January and Sept last year - that's a 78% decline.

     

     

     

  • Passenger numbers at Ireland West Airport Knock are set to fall by 75% this year.

    While 2020 had started off positively with passenger growth in January and February, the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic has changed the aviation landscape nationally and internationally.

    Ireland West Airport Knock was closed for 3 months with airport staff furloughed during this time.

    While the Mayo airport has been reopened since 1st July, it's with significantly reduced services and passenger numbers - the airport expects to see passenger numbers this year fall by over 600,000 - compared to 2019 levels.

    The airport has also had to reduce its workforce by 25%, and is forecasting revenues to decline by over €11 million in 2020.

    Airport management has met recently with the new Minister of State with responsibility for aviation, Galway TD Hildegarde Naughton to discuss implementing the actions recommended by the Aviation Task Force to support and rebuild the sector, and Minister Naughton is due to visit the Mayo airport shortly.

  • An aviation company has applied to Mayo County Council for planning permission to construct a new aircraft hangar at Ireland West Airport Knock, which could create up to 100 jobs.

    Eirtrade Aviation Ireland Ltd have been operating from an existing hangar facility at the airport for the past 10 years, and are seeking to expand the scale and scope of their services.

    The company is involved in the aircraft disassembly business, and also has a facility in Rathcoole in Dublin.

    It provides specialist End-of-Life Engine and Aircraft solution services for some of the world's leading airlines and leasing companies.

    The proposed new development at Ireland West Airport Knock will comprise the construction of an aircraft hangar and ancillary aircraft storage area, a new access road onto the R376 and associated site works.

    The new hangar will be able to accommodate multiple types of aircraft - including the Airbus A380 - the largest passenger plane in the world.

    If planning permission is granted, it's expected up to 110 jobs would be created during the construction phase, and a further 100 jobs once operational.

    It would also create a significant aviation hub at the airport - the first of its kind in the West of Ireland.

     

     

     

     

     

  • 2019 was the busiest year on record at Ireland West Airport with passenger numbers climbing by almost 5% to 807,000 for the first time in the airports history.

    The figures represent the fourth consecutive year of record passenger growth at the airport. Ireland West Airport Knock serves 23 International destinations and is served by four of Europe’s major International airlines, Aer Lingus, Flybe, Lauda and Ryanair.

    The number of passengers traveling on services to Mainland and Continental Europe hit a new high for the airport, increasing by 20% and despite the ongoing uncertainty over the Brexit situation, the growth in passenger numbers in 2019 was further fuelled by a very strong performance across the range of UK services available at the airport, with numbers travelling to and from the UK increasing by 2% in 2019.

    Joe Gilmore Managing Director of the airport told Midwest News today more about the end of the year results and the plans for the facility in 2020 and beyond.

  • Ryanair has announced a new twice-weekly service between Ireland West Airport Knock and Cologne in Germany.

    The service will operate from the 1st June next year to the end of August, with direct flights every Tuesday and Saturday.

    Cologne is Germany's fourth largest city, just an hour's train journey from Frankfurt.

    The new service will be a major boost for tourism in the West & Northwest regions of Ireland, according to Joe Gilmore, managing director of Ireland West Airport Knock.

    He says a record number of Germans visited Ireland this year, with 50% visiting the West & Northwest during their stay.

  • Ryanair has announced a new Winter service from Ireland West Airport Knock to Tenerife - the largest of the Canary Islands.

    The new weekly service will operate to Tenerife on Thursdays for the forthcoming Winter season.

    Joe Gilmore, Managing Director of Ireland West Airport says the new weekly service will be a major boost for the airport's winter schedule to the Canary Islands, in addition to the weekly Lanzarote service.

    Today's announcement  - in addition to recent announcements of a new twice-weekly service to Cologne from June and additional seats on the Knock services to Barcelona and Bristol - will help to grow passenger numbers at the Mayo airport, which is hoping to cater for 800,000 passengers in the coming year.

     

     

     

     

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    Ryanair is cutting its flight schedule by 80% this Winter at Ireland West Airport Knock.

    The airline announced today that they're closing their bases at both Shannon and Cork airports this Winter, due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19, while the news for Knock Airport has been described by management as "a devastating blow".

    Ryanair will operate just 7 weekly services from Ireland West Airport this winter.

    Today's announcement will see the cessation of 3 routes from Knock to Bristol, East Midlands and Malaga, with significant reductions on remaining services to London Stansted, Luton and Liverpool.

    Ireland West Airport says the announcement will have a devastating impact on air travel services to and from the West of Ireland, and will have a major impact on business and jobs, at the airport and in the wider region.

     

     

  • A second day of strike action by Dublin-based Ryanair pilots will take place tomorrow, but will not impact on any flights into or out of Ireland West Airport Knock.

    Talks between Ryanair management and unions took place yesterday, but there was no breakthrough, and a total of 24 flights between Ireland and the UK have been cancelled tomorrow.

    A spokesman for Knock Airport says the cancellations will not impact on their schedule.

    Meanwhile, 600 European flights will be grounded next week due to cabin crew strikes at Ryanair.

    300 flights will be cancelled next Wednesday and another 300 on Thursday as cabin crew mount pickets in Spain, Portugal and Belgium.

    At this point, there is no indication of any disruption to flights in and out of Ireland West Airport Knock.

    A spokesman says any passengers affected by cancellations will be informed by text or email.

    Passengers who are not contacted by Ryanair should check-in as usual for their flight.

     

  • Ireland West Airport has announced that on Friday 16th November 2018, Ryanair welcomed its 8 millionth passenger on flights to/from the airport.  Irene Brady from Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon, who was travelling to Liverpool was the lucky 8 millionth Ryanair passenger and to mark the occasion was presented with a pair of return flights to Ryanairs newest destination, Cologne, from Ireland West Airport.

    Since Ryanair’s first flight from the airport departed to London Luton in December 1986 they have continued to grow their route network from the airport and today also launched their summer 2019 schedule which will offer customers in the West & North West a choice of 13 routes to the UK and Europe, delivering over 600,000 passengers with 46 flights weekly.

    The 2019 schedule will include for the first time a new twice weekly service to Cologne which starts in June 2019 and will provide a major tourism boost for the West region. Other highlights of the 2019 schedule include, the addition of an extra 8,000 seats on their twice weekly service from Barcelona with the season extended to operate from April to October, the addition of an extra 13,000 seats on the Bristol service with a 30% increase in capacity in 2019 with the service operating all year round and a season extension on the Alicante service with the service now operating from April to October.

    To celebrate the launch of its Ireland West Airport Summer 2019 schedule and their 8 millionth customer, Ryanair has launched a seat sale with fares from Ireland West Airport on sale from just €12.99, for travel until February which must be booked by midnight tonight (Monday 19th Nov) only on the Ryanair.com website.

  • A Sligo TD has called for both sides in the UK pilots dispute at Ryanair to begin talks on finding a solution to the current dispute, for the sake of passengers.

    His call comes as Irish passengers face an increasing risk of holiday disruption.

    The British Airline Pilots Association says Ryanair pilots in the UK have voted in favour of strike action on 22nd and 23rd August, and again from 2nd-4th September in a row over pay and conditions, while the result of a ballot of Irish pilots is due tomorrow.

    Fianna Fáil's Transport and Tourism spokesperson, Sligo TD Marc MacSharry, says the strike by the airlines UK pilots could impact both on Irish passengers travelling abroad, and on incoming visitors, and he's calling for immediate talks to try and resolve the situation....

     

    Meanwhile, the reported closure of the Ryanair base at Faro International Airport from next year will not impact on flights between Ireland and Portugal, which will continue to operate as normal, according to a spokesman for Ireland West Airport Knock.

    Faro airport serves the Algarve region, which is popular with tourists from Ireland.

    Ryanair has not yet confirmed the closure of the Faro base, but said a number of Ryanair bases will be cut or closed this Winter, mainly due to the late delivery of up to 30 new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

    A Ryanair spokesman said consultations are taking place with people at the affected bases, but no routes will be affected as they will be served by flights from other bases from November, when the Winter schedule starts.

    A spokesman for Ireland West Airport Knock told Midwest News this morning that Summer 2020 schedules are expected to be released next month, and they will continue to monitor the situation closely.

  • Staff at Ireland West Airport Knock have raised over €41,000 this year for the airport's three nominated charities.

    Croí, Hope House and the Jack & Jill Foundation were the nominated charities for 2019 year, and a number of fundraising events were held throughout the past 12 months to raise funds - including the popular Runway Run which raised some €20,000, and the online charity draw.

    This is the fourth year of the "charities of the year" initiative.

    The chosen charities for 2020 will be announced next month.

     

  • The Taoiseach has agreed to meet with management from Ireland West Airport Knock in the coming days to discuss the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The Mayo airport is to close next week for a month, as a result of Ryanair suspending operations from all regional airports for a 4-week period before Christmas.

    Passenger numbers have plummeted at the airport this year, and losses are mounting.

    Mayo Fianna Fail TD Dara Calleary told Midwest News that Taoiseach Mícheal Martin is aware of the importance of the airport to this region, and has agreed to meet management in the coming days to discuss what assistance might be forthcoming.. 

  • The Department of Transport must not turn its back on Ireland West Airport Knock during this time of unprecedented turmoil in the aviation industry.

    That was the plea made by Mayo Fianna Fail TD Dara Calleary in a Dáil debate last night.

    Last week, Ryanair confirmed that it was cutting it's Winter schedule at the Mayo airport by 80%, with just 7 flights per week.

    The airport will only operate 3 days per week for the Winter, with staff laid off or put on short-time, while the airport is facing losses in the region of €4 million this year.

    While €21 million was set aside in last week's Budget for regional airports in 2021, Deputy Calleary says an urgent cash injection is needed now at Knock Airport for this year