The business community of Mayo, Galway and Sligo have united for the first time, to call on Government to respond to the challenges currently facing Ireland West Airport Knock.

The Mayo airport has seen a huge fall in passenger numbers this year, having to close from the end of March to the start of July due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which meant laying off most staff.

Since operations restarted in July, the remaining staff are on a 4-day week and thi is being reduced to 3 days per week from this month.

Passenger traffic for July and August was down 88% on the same period last year.

Ryanair have reduced their schedule of flights from Ireland West Airport Knock, while Aer Lingus has suspended its daily Gatwick service until November at the earliest.

Ireland West Airport expects this year's passenger numbers to be down 78% on last year, and expects to report multi-million euro losses.

The chambers of commerce in Mayo, Galway and Sligo are seeking an urgent meeting with Minister of State Hildegarde Naughten, and the Transport Minister Eamon Ryan to discuss the challenges facing Knock Airport.

Kenny Deery, CEO of Galway Chamber, says the airport is of critical importance in the West of Ireland....

The business community of Mayo, Galway and Sligo have united for the first time, to call on Government to respond to the challenges currently facing Ireland West Airport Knock.

The Mayo airport has seen a huge fall in passenger numbers this year, having to close from the end of March to the start of July due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which meant laying off most staff.

Since operations restarted in July, the remaining staff are on a 4-day week and thi is being reduced to 3 days per week from this month.

Passenger traffic for July and August was down 88% on the same period last year.

Ryanair have reduced their schedule of flights from Ireland West Airport Knock, while Aer Lingus has suspended its daily Gatwick service until November at the earliest.

Ireland West Airport expects this year's passenger numbers to be down 78% on last year, and expects to report multi-million euro losses.

The chambers of commerce in Mayo, Galway and Sligo are seeking an urgent meeting with Minister of State Hildegarde Naughten, and the Transport Minister Eamon Ryan to discuss the challenges facing Knock Airport.

Kenny Deery, CEO of Galway Chamber, told Midwest News this morning that the airport is of critical importance in the West of Ireland.

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