Management at Ireland West Airport Knock say they're delighted and honoured with yesterday's confirmation from the Vatican that Pope Francis will fly into and out of the airport as part of his visit to Knock Shrine in August.

    On Sunday 26th August, the Pope will fly into Knock Airport on a specially-chartered Aer Lingus flight from Dublin, and will travel by motorcade along the N17 to Knock village, returning to Dublin from Knock later that morning.

    It was after the first-ever Papal visit to Ireland in 1979, when Pope John Paul II visited Knock Shrine, that Monsignor Horan began his campaign to build an international airport in Mayo, and over 30 years after it opened, Knock is now the fourth-busiest airport in the country with up to 800,000 passengers expected to use the airport this year.

    Managing Director of Ireland West Airport Knock Joe Gilmore told Midwest News that it's a fitting tribute to Monsignor Horan's legacy that the airport will welcome Pope Francis in August.

    Meanwhile, people hoping to see the Pope in Knock on 26th August will have to apply online for tickets.

    45,000-50,000 tickets will be issued for the Knock event and 500,000 for the Pope's Mass in Dublin's Phoenix Park, and tickets go on general release on 25th June.

    Patrons can register on www.worldmeeting2018.ie




    With dense fog enveloping much of the West of Ireland allied to treacherous driving conditions, coming so soon after Storm Eleanor, it's safe to say 2018 has got off to a wintry start! We headed to Ireland West Airport Knock on Thursday evening to get an idea of the conditions there. This was the scene at 5pm!



  • Ireland West Airport Knock is one of only two Irish airports shortlisted for three awards in the prestigious Moodie Davitt airport digital, mobile and social media awards.

    The awards recognise excellence in social and digital media among airports and their commercial partners.

    Ireland West Airport is shortlisted in the ‘Best Use of Social and Digital Media’ Airport category, along with Dublin Airport and a host of other international locations.

    The airport is also shortlisted in the ‘Best Use of Facebook’ category and the ‘Best Use of Paid Social’ for the ‘We’ve Extended our Runway’ campaign. 


    Ireland West Airport has appointed businessman Arthur French as the new chairman of the airport. The appointment comes as long serving chairman Joe Kennedy announced he is to step down from his current role as chairman to become Honorary President of the airport.

    A native of Claremorris, Arthur established his own company, French Estates, in Co. Kildare in 1975, which has been involved in numerous property, land & development sales. Last year,  Arthur was appointed as the Honorary Consul to Kazakhstan in Ireland and is currently working on economic relationships between the two countries. 

    He has been a board member of Ireland West Airport since 2006.

    Welcoming the appointment of Mr French, outgoing chairman Joe Kennedy told Midwest News that he has been honoured to serve on the board of the airport since 2002. Over those years passenger numbers through the airport have grown from 200,000 annually to 750,000 last year (2017).

    He says Arthur brings vast business experience to the position of chairman of the airport and he knows the airport will be in very capable hands under his stewardship.

    Arthur French told Midwest News that he is delighted to be appointed as chairman of Ireland West Airport Knock. He said the board is deeply indebted to Joe Kennedy for over 16 years of service, showing determination and unwavering commitment in developing and growing the airport to what it is today.

    Mr French concluded that he is “committed to continue to deliver on the airport’s  role as a key economic driver for the West and North West of Ireland and is looking forward to working with the airport team, Government and local and regional stakeholders in a new era for the airport’.


    The Pope says he has prayed this morning for victims of clerical abuse.

    He asked for forgiveness for the scandal and betrayal felt by many.

    In a number of unscripted remarks in his speech in Knock he says he was moved by the stories of young people and children who were robbed of their innocence and left scarred by the actions the church.

    Pope Francis met last night with a number of victims of abuse in Dublin and spoke to them for almost an hour and a half.

    He said the church must be decisive in how it deals with abuse.



  • 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.