• 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.



  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The High Court has granted Ryanair an injunction to stop this week's strikes by 180 Dublin-based pilots.

    It means members of the Irish Airline Pilots Association won't be able to stage their planned walkout tomorrow and on Friday.

    The order will remain in place until a full hearing on the matter goes ahead.

    Ryanair says all flights scheduled to take off from Irish airports over the next 2 days will now operate as normal.

    The airline has welcomed the High Court's ruling, and says it will come as a huge relief to thousands of Irish passengers.

    Ryanair is calling on Forsa, and the 180 Irish based pilots it represents, to return to mediation talks in order to resolve the dispute over pay and working conditions.



  • 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.



  • 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.

  • 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.





  • Ryanair and Aer Lingus are suspending all Italian flights because of the coronavirus outbreak.

    Aer Lingus will stop flying to and from Italy tomorrow, while Ryanair will continue to operate flights until midnight on Friday.

    Both airlines say they have contacted affected passengers.

    A worker in Apple in Cork has tested positive for the coronavirus.

    Some employees there have been asked to self isolate for 48 hours as a precaution.

    24 cases have been confirmed in the Republic of Ireland to date.

    Trinity College has announced significant measures to restrict the spread of the coronavirus.

    All lectures at the Dublin campus are to go online for the rest of the semester from tomorrow.

    While, effective immediately, a number of public spaces at Trinity have shut including the Long Room, which contains the Book of Kells.

    It comes as the Tanaiste says the Government is considering a number of restrictions including extending Easter holidays for schools.

  • 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.





  • Ryanair has announced it will cancel up to 30 Irish flights this Thursday, during a strike by pilots.

    The airline says only some services between Ireland and the UK will be affected, while all Ireland to Europe flights will operate as normal.

    Dublin-based pilots are holding a one day stoppage in a row over working conditions.

    Ryanair says customers whose flights are affected by the strike will have received a text or email today notifying them of the cancellations.

    Customers who have not received a text or email should arrive as scheduled at their departure airport.

  • Ryanair is defending its second baggage allowance change in a year.

    Passengers now have to pay either 8 euro for their bag to be put in the hold, or pay 6 euro for priority boarding and take their bag on-board free of charge.

    The new rules were introduced yesterday.

    Chief Marketing Officer at Ryanair, Kenny Jacobs, says they needed to speed up the process at boarding gates and reduce the knock on effect of late departures.

  • Ryanair has welcomed the outcome of the High Court case it took against the state over travel restrictions.

    The airline had tried to claim the rules were unlawful - but the court found in the government's favour.

    But Ryanair says the court has now confirmed there's no legal requirement to restrict your movement for 14 days after travelling from a country that's not on the green list.

    It's calling on the government to immediately adopt the EU's new traffic light system, which would allow unrestricted travel between Ireland and 15 countries.


  • Ryanair has slammed German pilots joining Friday's day of strike action in Europe.

    The airline has cancelled 250 flights to and from the country in what they call an 'unjustified strike'.

    Ryanair has criticised German pilots for joining their counterparts in a 24 hour strike in Ireland, Belgium and Sweden.

    The Vereinigung Cockpit  confirmed industrial action at a press conference earlier over pay and working conditions.

    The airline has criticised the short notice after the VC refused to give 7 days notice so the airline could minimise customer disruption.

    They're also calling on the VC to continue negotiations rather than strikes and consider the the revised proposal on a collective Labour Agreement that they sent them on Friday the 3rd of August.

    Affected customers will be notified this afternoon and can take a refund, free flight move or reroute.

    24 hour stoppages will take place in Ireland, Germany, Belgium and Sweden on Friday while pilots in the Netherlands have yet to decide whether on not they will join the strikes.

  • Ryanair pilots are on strike this morning.

    The airline has cancelled 30 of 290 scheduled flights between Ireland and the UK - but has already alerted affected customers.

    The company says if customers have NOT received notifications - they should travel as normal to their departure airport.

    The strike action is not believed to be affecting any Ryanair flights at Ireland West Airport Knock.



  • Pilots at Ryanair have voted in favour of strike action on Thursday week next, after slow progress on union negotiations.

    A 24 hour strike by pilots, who are directly employed by Ryanair, will take place on the 12th of July.

    The airline agreed to recognise trade unions for the first time last December but pilots are disappointed over the slow pace of talks.




  • Ryanair says it plans to return to 40% of normal flight schedules from Wednesday July 1st, subject to government restrictions being lifted.

    The airline will operate a daily flight schedule of almost 1,000 flights, restoring 90% of its pre-Covid-19 route network.

    Since the Covid-19 flight restrictions in mid-March, Ryanair has been operating a skeleton daily schedule of 30 flights between Ireland, the UK and Europe

    But from Wednesday July 1st the airline plans to return to 40% of normal flight schedules subject to government restrictions being lifted.

    Ryanair will operate a daily flight schedule of almost 1,000 flights, restoring 90% of its pre-Covid-19 route network.

    New measures be in place when more frequent flying resumes.

    These include fewer checked bags, checking in online and downloading boarding passes to a passenger smart phone,

    Passenger will undergo temperature checks at the airport and face masks or coverings will be mandatory.

    On board its aircraft, Ryanair cabin crew will also wear face masks/coverings and a limited inflight service will be offered of pre-packaged snacks and drinks, but no cash sales.

    Queuing for toilets will also be prohibited on board and toilet access will be made available to individual passengers upon request.



  • Ryanair has suspended its flights from Ireland West Airport Knock to both Lanzarote and Tenerife from early January to the end of March 2020.

    This is due to the airline's decision to close a number of bases in the Canary Islands - because of a shortage of aircraft, as all Boeing 737 Max aircraft are still grounded.

    Passengers who had booked to travel on flights from Knock to Tenerife or Lanzarote between 2nd Januar and 29th March are being offered flights from alternative airports, or a full refund.

    Donal Healy, Marketing Manager at Ireland West Airport Knock says it's a disappointing development, as both the Lanzarote and Tenerife services are very popular with passengers travelling from the West of Ireland.

    He told Midwest News that airport management are hoping this suspension of flights is a temporary measure, and that the services to the Canary Islands will return from Knock for next Summer.

  • 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.

  • The High Court will hear an application from Ryanair today for an order to prevent this week's pilot strikes.

    180 Irish-based pilots are due to walk off the job on Thursday and Friday.

    The airline says the timing,right in the middle of school holidays, is aimed to cause maximum disruption to passengers.

    However, the union has said pilots feel they've been forced into the industrial action.