Aer Lingus

  • A bird strike near Ireland West Airport Knock delayed the Knock-Gatwick flight by several hours yesterday evening.

    A spokesperson for the airport confirmed that there was a bird strike just before the Aer Lingus service landed.

    As a result, an engineer had to come and inspect the aircraft.

    Once the all-clear was given, the outbound flight to Gatwick departed safely - about three hours later than scheduled.



  • Passengers nationally are facing travel chaos for a third consecutive weekend as a number of flights are cancelled.

    A French air traffic controller strike is causing disruption to flights between Ireland and France.

    Some Aer Lingus and Ryanair flights from Dublin to France along with routes that use French airspace are caught up in the debacle.

    It's the third weekend in a row that's caused major disruption for travellers.

    Anyone intending to fly is advised to check their airlines website.

    The Aer Lingus Gatwick flight between London and Ireland West Airport Knock was cancelled yesterday evening, leaving many passengers stranded on both sides.

    Ireland West airport Knock says Aer lingus cancelled the flight for what it termed “operational reasons” with many flights across Europe disrupted due to strikes.

    A passenger due to fly from Knock to Gatwick yesterday evening said at 2pm yesterday afternoon they received a text from Aer Lingus advising of the cancellation of the evening flight and informing them if they could get to Dublin before 6pm, they may be able to get on an alternative flight.

    Some of the passengers affected have expressed their frustration with Aer lingus.

    Another listener to Midwest News that was left stranded yesterday said when they rang Aer Lingus yesterday evening , on the phone number given in the cancellation text, they were told the flight was cancelled for “operational reasons”. They asked what that meant and the company spokesperson said it may be because of “tar melting on the runway” , or “another flight that had to come in”.

    The listener said neither explanation was acceptable.

    To rebook a flight today tomorrow or Sunday, passengers are being quoted sums as high as 500 euro today. The prices return to more normal fares from Monday on.



  • Ryanair and Aer Lingus are suspending all Italian flights because of the coronavirus outbreak.

    Aer Lingus will stop flying to and from Italy tomorrow, while Ryanair will continue to operate flights until midnight on Friday.

    Both airlines say they have contacted affected passengers.

    A worker in Apple in Cork has tested positive for the coronavirus.

    Some employees there have been asked to self isolate for 48 hours as a precaution.

    24 cases have been confirmed in the Republic of Ireland to date.

    Trinity College has announced significant measures to restrict the spread of the coronavirus.

    All lectures at the Dublin campus are to go online for the rest of the semester from tomorrow.

    While, effective immediately, a number of public spaces at Trinity have shut including the Long Room, which contains the Book of Kells.

    It comes as the Tanaiste says the Government is considering a number of restrictions including extending Easter holidays for schools.

  • Storm Brendan has caused widespread travel disruption to air travel across the country.


    Ireland West Airport Knock is open today but three morning flights from the UK have had to divert to Dublin due to the high winds.


    This in turn has meant their outgoing departures flights from Knock to Standstead and Edinburgh are cancelled.


    Aer Lingus has also cancelled their London Gatwick service to and from Knock this afternoon.


    Coaches from Dublin airport to IWA from the diverted morning flights are expected to arrive from 13:30 for Standstead passengers and 16:30 for Edinburgh passenger.


    Passengers should check with their airline to get updates on flights throughout the day.