Ireland West Airport Knock

  • Ireland West Airport  has confirmed that cancelled Lanzarote flights today due to industrial action by Ryanair across Europe, will operate tomorrow

    The Ryanair service to/from Ireland West Airport Knock to Lanzarote have been cancelled due to industrial action by Ryanair staff in a number of European countries.

    Almost 300 flights are cancelled because of the stoppage by cabin crews in Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal, Italy and Germany.

    They are walking out for 24 hours over working conditions.

    The airline says emails or texts were sent to around 30-thousand affected customers.

    The Lanzarote service into Ireland West Airport was due in at 11.30am, while the outbound service was due to depart at 11.55am. Both have now been cancelled and have been re-scheduled for tomorrow.




    Today sees the first commercial flights in and out of Ireland West Airport Knock for almost six months now.

    Today the Ryanair services to London Gatwick and Luton, and flights to Liverpool resume, following the suspension of flights since last January due to the global pandemic. Only essential air travel is permitted at present,

    Marketing Manager with the airport, Donal Healy says today is a very welcome development, and he is looking forward to July 19th, when non essential travel can resume.

    He has been speaking to Midwest News Editor Teresa O'Malley..


  • Government funding of €1.35 million has been allocated this morning for Ireland West Airport Knock.

    The grant aid will go towards the operating costs of the airport - under the Regional Airports Programme, and is targeted at safety and security operations, such as air traffic control, fire services and security.

    Speaking to Midwest News this morning, the Minister of State for Transport Hildegarde Naughton acknowledged that this €1.35 million is part of the funding announced in the Budget for the Regional Airports Programme.

  • Some 30,000 people will be welcomed through Ireland West Airport Knock over the Christmas period, making it the busiest festive season in the airport's 32 year history.

    This Friday 21st December is set to be the busiest day for arriving passengers, with over 2,500 people expected to touch down at the airport.

    Midwest Radio's Mid Morning Show will be broadcast live from the airport on Friday, with local schools and choirs from across the region performing in the arrivals area over the coming days to add to the festive atmosphere.

    Passenger numbers for 2018 are set to reach 772,000 for the first time - up 3% on last year's figures.

    2019 is expected to be a further year of growth at the airport following the announcement of a new service to Cologne in Germany with Ryanair which starts next June, and the introduction of additional seats on the Ryanair Barcelona and Bristol services.


  • 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.



  • Covid-19 testing is commercially available at Ireland West Airport Knock now.

    Air passengers, members of the public and local businesses can avail of the walk-in service.

    It is operated by RocDoc, who run similar drive-thru testing facilities at Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports.

    Two tests are available - however one called a LAMP is not recognised to be used for travel by the EU.

    Chief Executive, David Rock, says the centre will have the capacity to test a large number of people.

    The Parish Priest of Knock, Fr Richard Gibbons was the first person to be tested at the new facility today that opened at 12 noon.

    Fr Gibbons described the test as not difficult and adds to the sense of safety for people travelling this yuletide.

    Speaking to Midwest News he said it's difficult to see the airport closed at present, but said in a few days time it will be back in operation, however, traffic through it will be significantly down this Christmas compared to recent years, due to the pandemic.


  • Ireland West Airport has announced that Croí, Hope House and The Jack and Jill Foundation have been selected by airport staff as its charity partners for 2019.

    A number of events will take place during the course of 2019 which will engage passengers and staff with the aim of raising as much money as possible for the three charities. The headline event for 2019 will again be the annual 5k runway fun run sponsored by Portwest, which will take place on the runway at Ireland West Airport on Saturday March 30th at 5pm.

    This year will be a particularly memorable year for the Runway run as it will be the last time a run will take place on the current runway which is due to be resurfaced in May 2019. To celebrate there will be a number of prizes on the day with a chance for participants to win flights to Barcelona,and Bristol.

    Entry to the event costs €20 per adult and €5 for under-16’s. A special family rate of €40 will be available for families of 2 adults and 2 kids.  All participants will receive a race t-shirt and complimentary car parking and refreshments at the airport will be provided on the day.

    Participants can sign up and find more information by visiting The number of participants is restricted and those interested are advised to register early to avoid disappointment. 

    Launching the charities of the year programme for 2019 Joe Gilmore, Managing Director, Ireland West Airport said “We are delighted to be partnering with three great new charities in 2019. This is the fourth year of our Staff Charity programme which has to date raised almost €100,000 for Irish charities.

  • The Government has banned all flights from Britain until midnight tomorrow.

    It's after a new strain of Covid-19 was identified in the South of England, that spreads faster and more easily than others.

    All incoming flights from mainland Britain have been grounded and ferry crossings are restricted to cargo only.

    Minister Eamon Ryan says the Government can't rule out the possibility of that new mutated strain of the virus being here.

    The decision to ban all flights from Britain for 48 hours will impact on Ireland West Airport Knock, which had only reopened over the weekend after being closed for a month - the second lockdown this year due to Covid-19.

    Today's in and outbound flights from London Stansted and Luton have been cancelled as a result of the ban, which is in place for today and tomorrow and will be reviewed by Cabinet tomorrow.

    Passengers due to travel to and from Ireland West Airport Knock in the coming days are advised to contact Ryanair.

    The Irish Times reports this  morning that the unprecedented 48-hour ban on passenger travel from Britain is likely to be extended by the Government beyond Tuesday, as fears grow over the spread of a more infectious strain of Covid-19.



  • Flybe services between Ireland West Airport Knock and the UK cities of Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester will continue to operate as normal, after ministers agreed on Tuesday night to a rescue deal to keep the airline flying.

    The package of measures include a potential loan and / or the possible short-term deferral of an air passenger duty bill, and a pledge to review taxes on domestic flights.

    Ireland West Airport Knock has welcomed the announcement, as Flybe provides over 100,000 seats annually between Knock and the UK.

    The airport says it will ensure that regional connections will not only continue, but will flourish in the years to come.



  • Funding of over €5.7 million has been confirmed for Ireland West Airport Knock.

    The airport has been approved capital expenditure of over 4.7 million public policy remit-Capital funding of a little under one million euro.

    €4.7 million will go towards the runway overlay, €18,750 will go towards a snow vehicle and €18,750 for an airside maintenance vehicle.

    The PPR-Capital funding will be used for CCTV upgrade.

    €849,986 will be used to upgrade baggage screening and €90,000 for fire simulator and training ground upgrade.

    Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring says this is a substantial boost to Ireland West Airport Knock and will help the airport to continue to develop as a top quality airport for the West and North West of the country.

    Minister Ring says 2011, Fine Gael led Governments have invested more than €23 million in Ireland West Airport Knock.

  • The Covid-19 pandemic has had a "devastating" impact on regional airports, which will need multi-annual funding from the Government to ensure their survival over the coming years.

    That's according to the CEO of Galway Chamber of Commerce Kenny Deery, a native of Achill Island, who says airports in the west of the country are "viable but vulnerable".

    A joint statement has been issued by Chambers across the West, calling for a clear pathway to reopening the aviation sector.

    The group was reacting to the news last week that Aer Lingus is to permanently close its cabin crew base at Shannon Airport.

    Meanwhile, Ireland West Airport Knock remains closed since the start of this year, due the lockdown restrictions.

    Dublin Airport currently accounts for over 90%  of air traffic in and out of this country, with 5 airports competing for the rest, according to Kenny Deery, who told Midwest Radio that he believes regional airports - like Knock - are underused.....


  • Government funding of over €1.7 million has been announced for Ireland West Airport Knock, for safety and security measures.

    The allocation, under the Government's Regional Airports Programme, is in addition to a €5.7 million investment by Government in IWAK in June this year.

    Minister Michael Ring says €25 million has been allocated by Government to Knock Airport since 2011, and this year's passenger numbers are expected to exceed 800,000 for the first time.


  • 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.


    The new Regional Airports Programme for the period 2021 to 2025 has been published today by the Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton.

    This year, Ireland West Airport Knock, Donegal and Kerry airports are eligible to apply for funding under the programme, which has a budget of €21.3 million in 2021.

    The focus of the programme is to help Ireland’s smallest airports, those that handle less than 1 million annual passengers, to maintain regulatory compliance in the areas of safety and security. 

    Galway-based Minister Naughton has been giving more details to Midwest News...

  • After an unprecedented 3-month closure, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Ireland West Airport Knock is reopening this morning.

    People are still being advised against non-essential travel, and will have to quarantine for 14 days after arriving back in Ireland but Ryanair is resuming a number of flights today to and from both Knock and Shannon airports.

    Passengers travelling through Ireland West Airport Knock are being reminded to bring face masks or coverings to the airport with them.

    Meanwhile, there are calls for the Government to make a clear decision on whether we can travel overseas or not this summer.

    The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has asked people not to, but the Government recently said foreign travel may be possible to certain countries which has the virus under control.
    Latest figures, show one more Covid-19 patient has died here and 11 more cases were confirmed last evening.

    There's one new case in Mayo, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 572, while 10 additional cases have been confirmed in Sligo bringing the county's total to 138.

    Galway remains on 485 confirmed cases, with 345 in Roscommon and 79 in Leitrim.

  • Staff at Ireland West Airport Knock  have been temporarily laid off, as the airport will suspend operations from next Monday 30th March.

    Ryanair is suspending all flights to and from Ireland West Airport Knock from tomorrow evening, due to Covid-19, and from next Sunday, Aer Lingus is suspending its Knock-Gatwick service.

    Following the confirmation from both airlines that they're suspending services, operations at the Mayo airport will be temporarily suspended from next Monday until further notice.

    Managing Director of Ireland West Airport Knock Joe Gilmore told Midwest News that they have had to place up to 160 staff on temporary lay-off from next Monday, in order to safeguard the longterm future of the airport, and the health and welfare of staff, but he's looking forward to the airport reopening after this crisis.

  • Ryanair have announced they're suspending all flights operations from Ireland West Airport Knock - and the other regional airports - from Saturday 14th November, for a 4-week period.

    The airline has announced the suspension of flights from the regional airports due to a complete collapse in travel demand, as a result of the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the current travel restrictions in place.

    This means Ireland West Airport will close on Saturday 14th November, and reopen four weeks later, on Sunday 13th December.

    Airport management say this is another devastating blow for Knock Airport and its staff, where passenger numbers have plummeted by over 90% this year.

    The airport is calling on Government to provide urgent support to address the financial losses it's experiencing this year.

  • Six million euro in additional government funding has been announced this afternoon for three regional airports – Ireland West Airport Knock, Kerry and Donegal airports.

    Mayo Fianna deputy Dara Calleary says the funds are allocated as a consequence of Covid 19 under an Aeronautical Loss fund 2020.

    Deputy Calleary told Midwest News today that the exact allocation under this fund to each airport will be announced later.

  • Joe Gilmore, managing director of Ireland West Airport Knock, has been appointed to the new National Taskforce for Aviation Recovery.

    Transport Minister Shane Ross yesterday announced the members of the new taskforce, which will make recommendations to the Minister on what needs to be done to get Irish aviation back up and running after the Covid-19 pandemic, as a major driver of economic recovery.

    The vast majority of flights into and out of Ireland have been suspended due to Covid-19, while Ireland West Airport Knock has been closed since late March.

    The new taskforce, comprising of industry leaders, will submit an action plan to Government by 10th July, focusing on the immediate action required, and further measures with a 5-year outlook.

    Ireland West Airport's managing director Joe Gilmore says these are unprecedented times for the aviation and tourism industry, and in particular airports which are facing into a prolonged period of reduced flights and passenger demand, combined with a major decline in commercial income.

    He says supporting and sustaining critical air access into regional Ireland is, now more than ever, of major importance as a driver for the recovery of the regional economy.


  • Over €2.1 million has been allocated today for Ireland West Airport Knock under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025.

    It's part of over €11 million in funding announced for regional airports today by the Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughten.

    The €2.1 million for Ireland West Airport Knock will go towards capital investment in the areas of safety, security and sustainability.

    The Mayo airport remains closed at present, due to Covid-19 restrictions, but Mr Gilmore says Ryanair is planning to resume flights from June - but this will be subject to Government advice on international travel.

    He's hoping the first phase will see the opening of a travel corridor between Ireland and the UK, which would benefit many families in the West of Ireland who've been separated from family members for so long during the pandemic.

    Speaking to Midwest News this evening, Joe Gilmore first welcomed the €2.1 million in funding announced today by Government for Ireland West Airport Knock...