• 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 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.

  • 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 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 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.

  • 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.

  • This morning's Ryanair flight from London Stansted to Ireland West Airport Knock was diverted to Shannon earlier.

    The inbound flight was due to arrive in Knock at 9.35 am but was diverted to Shannon due to heavy fog around Knock airport.

    Coaches were provided to bring passengers from Knock to Shannon for the outbound flight to Stansted.

    A spokesperson for Ireland West Airport Knock has confirmed that the heavy fog caused some disruption to services this morning but flights are now operating as scheduled.




  • Thousands of Ryanair passengers will be forced to make alternative travel plans today as cabin crew in Italy, Spain, Portugal and Belgium stage a 24-hour strike.

    However there will be no disruption to flights into or out of Ireland West Airport Knock.

    Any passengers affected by cancellations have been informed by text or email and passengers not contacted by Ryanair should check-in as usual for their flight.

    It comes as IALPA pilots at Ryanair have announced a fourth one-day strike for Friday 3 August.

    It's part of an ongoing row with management over seniority, base transfers and annual leave.

    Yesterday the airline confirmed that up to 300 pilots and cabin crew could lose their jobs in October as it scales back its fleet in Dublin.


  • There are no signs of a let up in the industrial dispute at Ryanair.

    Dublin based pilots will stage a fourth day of action tomorrow.

    Belgium and Sweden have announced they will strike tomorrow week.

    While unions for German and Dutch based pilots have suggested they'll co-ordinate their action to take place on the same day.

    Tomorrow’s action will have no impact on any flights into or out of Ireland West Airport Knock.

  • Ryanair passengers across the region, will have to wait until later today or tomorrow to find out if this week's strikes will go ahead.

    The airline has applied for an order which would ban around 180 of it's pilots from striking on both this Thursday and Friday.

    The hearing at the High Court was adjourned yesterday, and is set to resume later this morning.