Joe Gilmore

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has pledged his support to the Strategic Development Zone being developed at Ireland West Airport Knock, and will ensure the assistance of State agencies to help attract investment and jobs to the region.

    That's according to the airport's managing director Joe Gilmore, who says that during the Taoiseach's recent visit to the airport to officially open the newly-overlaid runway, Mr Varadker was also shown plans for the SDZ and said he would support the development.

    Councillors in the Claremorris & Swinford Municipal Districts held their monthly meeting at Ireland West Airport Knock this week to view the new infrastructural developments at the facility, and to hear plans for the Strategic Development Zone.