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