Ireland West Airport Knock is facing a near-catastrophic situation, as passenger numbers over the Summer collapsed by 90%.

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a financial crisis for the Mayo airport - due to a collapse in passenger numbers and the stringent travel restrictions currently in place in Ireland.

The business communities of Mayo, Galway and Sligo have now united for the first time, to call on Government to respond to the challenges currently facing the airport.

Ireland West Airport Knock was closed for three months this year - from the end of March to the start of July, and since reopening, has seen a dramatic fall in flights and in passengers -with many staff laid off and others on reduced working hours.

The airport's managing director Joe Gilmore told Midwest News today that passenger numbers collapsed by 90% since July, compared to the same period last year, while they're looking at losses of up to €4 million this year.

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

Ahead of next month's Budget, they're calling for urgent support through an expanded regional airports programme, to address the financial crisis facing Ireland West Airport.

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