Passenger numbers at Ireland West Airport Knock are set to fall by 75% this year.

While 2020 had started off positively with passenger growth in January and February, the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic has changed the aviation landscape nationally and internationally.

Ireland West Airport Knock was closed for 3 months with airport staff furloughed during this time.

While the Mayo airport has been reopened since 1st July, it's with significantly reduced services and passenger numbers - the airport expects to see passenger numbers this year fall by over 600,000 - compared to 2019 levels.

The airport has also had to reduce its workforce by 25%, and is forecasting revenues to decline by over €11 million in 2020.

Airport management has met recently with the new Minister of State with responsibility for aviation, Galway TD Hildegarde Naughton to discuss implementing the actions recommended by the Aviation Task Force to support and rebuild the sector, and Minister Naughton is due to visit the Mayo airport shortly.

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