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.



  • 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.



  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • As a result of the storm warning, this evening's Aer Lingus flights between Ireland West Airport Knock and Gatwick Airport in London have been cancelled.

    The inbound and outbound flights have both been cancelled, and passengers can contact Aer Lingus to rebook, or request a refund.

    Management at Ireland West Airport Knock expect all Ryanair and Flybe services to operate as planned today.


  • Eirtrade Aviation Limited, the global technical assets services and trading company took delivery of an Airbus A380 aircraft at its facility at Ireland West Airport yesterday evening.

    It was the largest passenger aircraft to ever land at Ireland West Airport.

    The Airbus A380 which is the largest passenger aircraft currently flying worldwide, with a capacity for 868 passengers, will be parked and stored at Eirtrade’s facility at Ireland West Airport.

    Eirtrade, as part of its ongoing business at the airport, has completed similar projects on the Boeing 737, 757 series aircraft and Airbus A320 families which has proven their capabilities in the area of complex disassembly for an international customer base. It is expected that this will lead to further similar projects in the near term for the facility at Ireland West Airport.

    This is also a significant development for Ireland West Airport as it recently completed the rehabilitation and overlay of the main Runway and has received zoning approval for a Strategic Development Zone for the land bank in and around the airport.

    The Airport Board are continuing discussions with Government and its stakeholders in regard to the construction of a large hangar facility that would support the further development of aircraft disassembly, repair and maintenance at the airport which in turn would lead to the creation of an aviation hub and potentially significant job creation in the area.


  • The Manchester and Edinburgh flights to Ireland West Airport Knock have been cancelled today.

    Both flights have been cancelled due to operational and crew issues with Flybe.

    Ireland West Airport Knock say that all passengers affected will be assisted with getting on the next available flight.


  • Mayo Civil Defence is in charge of coordinating 140 volunteers to assist the emergency services for the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland West Airport Knock and Knock Shrine on Sunday.

    Volunteers from Donegal, Roscommon, Laois, Sligo and Galway will join Mayo Civil Defence in assisting the primary response units on Saturday night into Sunday.

    Civil Defence will provide a range of equipment including 11 ambulances, 9 fire appliances, 19 heavy vehicles including four wheel drives, large vans and medium size trucks and 2 minibuses for transportation and logistics. A number of volunteers will also support the Gardaí with drone capability if required. Dublin Civil Defence will also provide a communications vehicle using the TETRA network to ensure efficient communications between all volunteers and with the Gardaí and National Ambulance Service if required. Civil Defence will also have a welfare unit in operation to provide food for all volunteers on duty over the Saturday night and Sunday.

  • The Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring yesterday officially launched the new Visitor Discovery Centre at Ireland West Airport Knock.

    Minister Michael Ring was also at the airport to launch the new Ryanair service from Knock to Cologne.

    The Visitor Discovery Centre project is a collaborative initiative involving seven local authorities. Funding of €400,000 was provided for the project by Minister Ring’s department, through the REDZ 2016 scheme, along with part funding from each of the local authorities and the airport itself.

  • 2019 was the busiest year on record at Ireland West Airport with passenger numbers climbing by almost 5% to 807,000 for the first time in the airports history.

    The figures represent the fourth consecutive year of record passenger growth at the airport. Ireland West Airport Knock serves 23 International destinations and is served by four of Europe’s major International airlines, Aer Lingus, Flybe, Lauda and Ryanair.

    The number of passengers traveling on services to Mainland and Continental Europe hit a new high for the airport, increasing by 20% and despite the ongoing uncertainty over the Brexit situation, the growth in passenger numbers in 2019 was further fuelled by a very strong performance across the range of UK services available at the airport, with numbers travelling to and from the UK increasing by 2% in 2019.

    Joe Gilmore Managing Director of the airport told Midwest News today more about the end of the year results and the plans for the facility in 2020 and beyond.

  • Ryanair has announced a new twice-weekly service between Ireland West Airport Knock and Cologne in Germany.

    The service will operate from the 1st June next year to the end of August, with direct flights every Tuesday and Saturday.

    Cologne is Germany's fourth largest city, just an hour's train journey from Frankfurt.

    The new service will be a major boost for tourism in the West & Northwest regions of Ireland, according to Joe Gilmore, managing director of Ireland West Airport Knock.

    He says a record number of Germans visited Ireland this year, with 50% visiting the West & Northwest during their stay.

  • Ryanair has announced a new Winter service from Ireland West Airport Knock to Tenerife - the largest of the Canary Islands.

    The new weekly service will operate to Tenerife on Thursdays for the forthcoming Winter season.

    Joe Gilmore, Managing Director of Ireland West Airport says the new weekly service will be a major boost for the airport's winter schedule to the Canary Islands, in addition to the weekly Lanzarote service.

    Today's announcement  - in addition to recent announcements of a new twice-weekly service to Cologne from June and additional seats on the Knock services to Barcelona and Bristol - will help to grow passenger numbers at the Mayo airport, which is hoping to cater for 800,000 passengers in the coming year.





  • A second day of strike action by Dublin-based Ryanair pilots will take place tomorrow, but will not impact on any flights into or out of Ireland West Airport Knock.

    Talks between Ryanair management and unions took place yesterday, but there was no breakthrough, and a total of 24 flights between Ireland and the UK have been cancelled tomorrow.

    A spokesman for Knock Airport says the cancellations will not impact on their schedule.

    Meanwhile, 600 European flights will be grounded next week due to cabin crew strikes at Ryanair.

    300 flights will be cancelled next Wednesday and another 300 on Thursday as cabin crew mount pickets in Spain, Portugal and Belgium.

    At this point, there is no indication of any disruption to flights in and out of Ireland West Airport Knock.

    A spokesman says any passengers affected by cancellations will be informed by text or email.

    Passengers who are not contacted by Ryanair should check-in as usual for their flight.


  • Ireland West Airport has announced that on Friday 16th November 2018, Ryanair welcomed its 8 millionth passenger on flights to/from the airport.  Irene Brady from Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon, who was travelling to Liverpool was the lucky 8 millionth Ryanair passenger and to mark the occasion was presented with a pair of return flights to Ryanairs newest destination, Cologne, from Ireland West Airport.

    Since Ryanair’s first flight from the airport departed to London Luton in December 1986 they have continued to grow their route network from the airport and today also launched their summer 2019 schedule which will offer customers in the West & North West a choice of 13 routes to the UK and Europe, delivering over 600,000 passengers with 46 flights weekly.

    The 2019 schedule will include for the first time a new twice weekly service to Cologne which starts in June 2019 and will provide a major tourism boost for the West region. Other highlights of the 2019 schedule include, the addition of an extra 8,000 seats on their twice weekly service from Barcelona with the season extended to operate from April to October, the addition of an extra 13,000 seats on the Bristol service with a 30% increase in capacity in 2019 with the service operating all year round and a season extension on the Alicante service with the service now operating from April to October.

    To celebrate the launch of its Ireland West Airport Summer 2019 schedule and their 8 millionth customer, Ryanair has launched a seat sale with fares from Ireland West Airport on sale from just €12.99, for travel until February which must be booked by midnight tonight (Monday 19th Nov) only on the website.

  • A Sligo TD has called for both sides in the UK pilots dispute at Ryanair to begin talks on finding a solution to the current dispute, for the sake of passengers.

    His call comes as Irish passengers face an increasing risk of holiday disruption.

    The British Airline Pilots Association says Ryanair pilots in the UK have voted in favour of strike action on 22nd and 23rd August, and again from 2nd-4th September in a row over pay and conditions, while the result of a ballot of Irish pilots is due tomorrow.

    Fianna Fáil's Transport and Tourism spokesperson, Sligo TD Marc MacSharry, says the strike by the airlines UK pilots could impact both on Irish passengers travelling abroad, and on incoming visitors, and he's calling for immediate talks to try and resolve the situation....


    Meanwhile, the reported closure of the Ryanair base at Faro International Airport from next year will not impact on flights between Ireland and Portugal, which will continue to operate as normal, according to a spokesman for Ireland West Airport Knock.

    Faro airport serves the Algarve region, which is popular with tourists from Ireland.

    Ryanair has not yet confirmed the closure of the Faro base, but said a number of Ryanair bases will be cut or closed this Winter, mainly due to the late delivery of up to 30 new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

    A Ryanair spokesman said consultations are taking place with people at the affected bases, but no routes will be affected as they will be served by flights from other bases from November, when the Winter schedule starts.

    A spokesman for Ireland West Airport Knock told Midwest News this morning that Summer 2020 schedules are expected to be released next month, and they will continue to monitor the situation closely.

  • Staff at Ireland West Airport Knock have raised over €41,000 this year for the airport's three nominated charities.

    Croí, Hope House and the Jack & Jill Foundation were the nominated charities for 2019 year, and a number of fundraising events were held throughout the past 12 months to raise funds - including the popular Runway Run which raised some €20,000, and the online charity draw.

    This is the fourth year of the "charities of the year" initiative.

    The chosen charities for 2020 will be announced next month.