This Sunday will be "business as usual" at Ireland West Airport, even though Pope Francis will be touching down at the airport en route to Knock Shrine.

Airport management say a full schedule of flights will operate on Sunday, and over 5,000 passengers are expected to pass through the airport that day.

However, passengers are being advised to leave plenty of time to arrive at the airport, as road closures and diversions will be in place.

 

The main N17 road from Claremorris to Charlestown will be closed from midnight Saturday night until about 3pm Sunday afternoon.

Diversions will be signposted, and most passengers will be diverted off the N5 at Cloonaghboy or Carracastle, to take the Old Airport Road.

The access road to the airport will also be closed for a time when the Pope arrives at Knock Airport, and again when he's departing.

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