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  • Irish airspace has reopened following a radar problem last night at Shannon Air Traffic Control, which led to the closure of the majority of Irish airspace and the suspension of flights in and out of Cork and Shannon Airports.

    The Irish Aviation Authority has reopened Irish airspace and confirmed this morning that flights have resumed at Cork and Shannon airports, while an investigation is underway.

    Flights into and out of Dublin and Belfast airports haven't been affected.

    At Ireland West Airport Knock, yesterday evening's Aer Lingus flight to Gatwick was cancelled as a result of the incident.

    A spokesman for the airport says all flights today are expected to operate as scheduled.

  • 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 business community of Mayo, Galway and Sligo have united for the first time, to call on Government to respond to the challenges currently facing Ireland West Airport Knock.

    The Mayo airport has seen a huge fall in passenger numbers this year, having to close from the end of March to the start of July due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which meant laying off most staff.

    Since operations restarted in July, the remaining staff are on a 4-day week and thi is being reduced to 3 days per week from this month.

    Passenger traffic for July and August was down 88% on the same period last year.

    Ryanair have reduced their schedule of flights from Ireland West Airport Knock, while Aer Lingus has suspended its daily Gatwick service until November at the earliest.

    Ireland West Airport expects this year's passenger numbers to be down 78% on last year, and expects to report multi-million euro losses.

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

    Kenny Deery, CEO of Galway Chamber, says the airport is of critical importance in the West of Ireland....

    The business community of Mayo, Galway and Sligo have united for the first time, to call on Government to respond to the challenges currently facing Ireland West Airport Knock.

    The Mayo airport has seen a huge fall in passenger numbers this year, having to close from the end of March to the start of July due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which meant laying off most staff.

    Since operations restarted in July, the remaining staff are on a 4-day week and thi is being reduced to 3 days per week from this month.

    Passenger traffic for July and August was down 88% on the same period last year.

    Ryanair have reduced their schedule of flights from Ireland West Airport Knock, while Aer Lingus has suspended its daily Gatwick service until November at the earliest.

    Ireland West Airport expects this year's passenger numbers to be down 78% on last year, and expects to report multi-million euro losses.

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

    Kenny Deery, CEO of Galway Chamber, told Midwest News this morning that the airport is of critical importance in the West of Ireland.

  • The heavy fog conditions have caused disruption at Ireland West Airport Knock for a second day as families try to return home for Christmas.

    One Ryanair flight was diverted twice from the airport so far today, as the national fog warning remains in place.

    Flight FR8142 from London Luton was diverted to Belfast International Airport and the same flight was diverted to London Luton.

    Aer Lingus flight EI911/ BA2071 landed at the airport at 14:53.

    Meanwhile in the departure gates, Ryanair flight FR8143 to London Luton was cancelled.

  • Four flights were diverted from Ireland West Airport Knock this afternoon due to heavy fog conditions.

    Flights from London Luton, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh were forced to divert to Shannon and Dublin Airports.

    Passengers on the London Luton flight were scheduled to arrive by buses to the airport at half past three.

    All flights arriving from two o'clock onwards landed, owing to improved weather conditions.

    Only one more flight is due in this evening, from Stanstead, and should land providing there is adequate visibility. 

  • A Mayo Councillor has repeated his call for State funding of €100 million for Ireland West Airport Knock, to kick-start development at the airport.

    Sinn Fein Councillor Gerry Murray made the call, as figures were released this week which show that Ireland West Airport received significantly less direct state funding in recent years than Kerry or Donegal airports - despite outperforming them in terms of passenger numbers.

    Figures from the Department of Transport show that, since 2012, Kerry Airport received a total of €37 million in State funding followed by €29.5 million for Donegal Airport.

    Ireland West Airport Knock received €17.9 million over the 7 year period.

    Councillor Gerry Murray said Knock should receive the lion's share of the funding, given the airport's passenger numbers, and its potential for further development.

     

  • Ireland West Airport Knock assures it’s passengers that it is business as usual at the airport.

    The airport has no direct flights to regions badly affected by the coronavirus outbreak, as all of its air services during the winter season are to the UK only.  

    A spokesperson for the airport told Midwest News that they are following the latest advice from the HSE and they have a dedicated HSE representative at the airport to give advice to all passengers but especially those returning from affected areas.

    Donal Healy, Head of Communications at IWAK told Midwest Radio’s John Morley that passenger numbers have been on a par this week.

  • Ireland West Airport Knock are advising passengers travelling to the airport today to take care following snow accumulations overnight.

    A Status yellow snow and ice warning remains in place for the country until 4pm this afternoon.

    IWAK told Midwest News that passengers should take extra care on the approach road coming into the airport today as conditions are challenging due to snowfall overnight.

  • Ireland West Airport Knock says Lauda is suspending flights on the new Majorca route until the 9th April, due to Covid-19 and Government travel restrictions.

    All Lauda flights are being suspended from today until midnight on 8th April, and all affected passengers will be contacted by e-mail.

    The new service between Knock and Majorca was due to commence from the end of this month, with flights on Tuesdays and Fridays.

    All other flights in and out of Ireland West Airport Knock are continuing to operate as scheduled.

     

     

  • The Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring will officially launch a number of projects in county Mayo today.

    At 11am the Minister will be at Ireland West Airport Knock to open the new Visitor Discovery Centre at the airport and 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 uuthorities and the airport itself.

    The Minister will also today turn the sod on new sewerage schemes for Killala, Foxford and Charlestown. The Government, through Irish Water, is investing €19 million in these three schemes.

    Minister Ring will also be in Louisburgh today to open the Tia Café in the town.

  • The new Ryanair service from Ireland West Airport Knock to Cologne in Germany was officially launched today at the airport by Minister Michael Ring.

    This brings to 13 the number of destinations that Ryanair operate from Knock.

    Speaking at today’s launch, David O’Brien Chief Commercial Officer of Ryanair says Failte Ireland’s efforts in promoting the Wild Atlantic Way and the abolition of the airport tax by the Fine Gael led Government in recent years, has helped Ryanair in providing the large number of routes currently available from the airport.

    Mr O’Brien told Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley that the airport management are also responsible for helping with the expansion of routes.

  • Three out of four overseas visitors who travel to this country through Ireland West Airport Knock stay in Co Mayo as part of their holiday, spending an average of 5 nights in Mayo.

    They're among the findings of a new study by RedC Research, which highlights the critical role the airport plays in delivering visitors to the seven counties in the West and Northwest who are now shareholders in the airport.

    The study also shows a 3% increase in passenger numbers at the airport last year, to a record high of 771,619.

    Donal Healy, Head of Marketing at Ireland West Airport Knock, told Midwest News that the study highlights the significant benefit the airport is bringing to the entire region - and in particular, the spin off for the Mayo economy.

  • Work has recently been completed on phase 1 of the Ireland West Airport Knock’s  €15m facilities investment plan.

    It aims to further improving the customer experience for passengers over the next three years.

    Overt €4.5m has been invested in the first phase of improvements, which have been underway for the past 18 months covering new passenger facilities, terminal upgrades and infrastructural works across the airport facility and runway.

    Head of Marketing at IWAK, Donal Healy says it is continuing to invest, with the support of the Department of Transport, Department of Community and Rural Affairs, local authority stakeholders and its customers through their development fee contributions which has enabled the airport to reinvest in upgrading its facilities whilst ensuring compliance with Irish Aviation Authority requirements from a safety, security and operational perspective.

     

    Phase 1 projects recently completed include:

    • Construction and re-modelling of new toilet facilities at the airport
    • Re-modelling of immigration and arrivals area
    • Covered aircraft passenger boarding stairs
    • Enhancement of the airport experience from a visual perspective creating a more contemporary look and feel throughout the airport terminal.
    • Resurfacing of Car Park Zone 5 resulting in 250 permanent surfaced car park spaces
    • Upgrade of existing car park equipment to the latest state of the art equipment
    • Construction of a new aviation gallery in the first floor of the terminal building
    • Installation of 25 new flight information display screens across the airport terminal
    • Installation of new state of the art digital display screens throughout the airport facility
    • Extension to the fire station at the airport

    Phase 2 of the airport transformation programme has commenced in the last few weeks and will involve the completion of the following major projects over the coming 18 months

     

    • Opening of a new state of the art Visitor Discovery Centre in the terminal building
    • Upgrading of the airports Hold Baggage Screening equipment to comply with industry regulation
    • Remodeling and upgrading of the airport Departures area
    • Upgrading of Air Traffic Control equipment
    • Rehabilitation of the airport’s long runway and upgrading of the instrument landing system
    • Further upgrade and enhancement works to the car park

     

     

  • Ireland West Airport Knock has been allocated more than 2 million euro in exchequer grants under Minister Shane Ross department’s -  Regional Airports Programme .

    The 2.3 million euro grant will go towards capital investments in the areas of safety and security at the airport.

    Minister Michael Ring  made today’s announcement and said that there is a continuing commitment by the Government in Project Ireland 2040 to support safety and security related projects at the smaller regional airports under the Regional Airports Programme.

    It’s been a good number of days for the airport, with 1500 participants on Saturday evening in the annual 5k airport runway run, raising in excess of 20,000 euro for three chosen charities.

    Joe Gilmore, CEO of Ireland West Airport Knock told Midwest News this morning how the 2.3 million euro government grant will be spent at the facility. The first major job is the overlay of the runway, in place for more than three decades now.

    Work will get underway shortly.