Ireland West Airport

  • This Sunday will be "business as usual" at Ireland West Airport, even though Pope Francis will be touching down at the airport en route to Knock Shrine.

    Airport management say a full schedule of flights will operate on Sunday, and over 5,000 passengers are expected to pass through the airport that day.

    However, passengers are being advised to leave plenty of time to arrive at the airport, as road closures and diversions will be in place.

     

    The main N17 road from Claremorris to Charlestown will be closed from midnight Saturday night until about 3pm Sunday afternoon.

    Diversions will be signposted, and most passengers will be diverted off the N5 at Cloonaghboy or Carracastle, to take the Old Airport Road.

    The access road to the airport will also be closed for a time when the Pope arrives at Knock Airport, and again when he's departing.

  • Mayo TD Lisa Chambers has called on the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross to instruct Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to erect signposts on the M6 & M17 motorways for Ireland West Airport in Knock.

    The Fianna Fail deputy claims it’s ridiculous that she has to ask the Minister for something that should already be there. She claims there is no logic  in having an airport without proper signage in place.

    The deputy has sent a parliamentary question to the Minister asking him to instruct the TII to put the proper signage in place and has also written to the TII asking for same.

     

  • Gardai have held a briefing today in advance of the Pope’s visit to Ireland next month.

    Pope Francis will visit Knock Shrine on Sunday August 26th.

     

    Gardai say road closures will be in place from 6pm on Saturday evening

    From 6pm on Saturday the centre of Knock Village will be closed (except to residents). The N17 between Charlestown and Claremorris will be closed from 12 midnight on Saturday until at least 3pm on Sunday.

    For those who live and work near Knock, a business and community liaison team is in place to handle queries, working closely with Claremorris Garda Station.

    Gardai are asking people to use a private coach or carpool to and from the event, join a parish or community coach group or carpool where possible, as car park spaces are limited and may be some walking distance from the Shrine.

    Coaches have a designated parking area on the N17. This will result in the shortest distance to walk to and from the Knock Shrine via a short walkway.

    There is a considerable walk from the car parks due to the size, scale and location of the event and there will be no shuttle bus facility available between car parks and the event site. If cars are necessary, carpooling and car sharing is essential.

    Iarnród Éireann and Bus Éireann will be providing public transport for this event. A bus shuttle service will operate from Claremorris train station to take people to Knock Shrine.  For those who have a ticket for the event, the bus shuttle service will be free.

    No public viewing opportunities will be available at Knock Airport.

    It will not be possible for the public to view Pope Francis arriving or departing due to security limitations.

    Those flying into and out of Ireland West Airport Knock on Sunday will have some access with strict limitations.  Only those named on airline passenger lists and those transporting named passengers will be able to access the airport between 12 midnight on Saturday and 11.30am on Sunday. 

    Outbound passengers in particular are advised to allow more travel time than usual as there will be a number of security checks on airport access routes. 

    Information updated on a regular basis on www.gov.ie/popeinireland, which will direct you to all the main information website pages.

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    Ireland West Airport Knock will close tomorrow.

    Due to severe weather warnings in Ireland and the UK, Aer Lingus, Flybe and Ryanair have  cancelled all flights due to operate tomorrow, Friday.

    As a result, Knock Airport will remain closed tomorrow, and will reopen for full operation – weather permitting – on Saturday morning at 7am.

    For the latest information, passengers are advised to contact their airline.

     

  • A major emergency exercise will take place this afternoon at Ireland West Airport Knock.

    The exercise will involve members of all the emergency services, and will run between 3 and 5.30pm.

  • Most public transport services are returning to a normal schedule today.

    Bus Eireann says the majority of their services have resumed but some delays are expected on certain routes.

    Irish Rail is operating most routes with the exception of a small number which are expected to return tomorrow.

    Ireland West Airport Knock is open and fully operational, as it was yesterday. So far this morning the Ryanair Stansted flight has landed and the London Luton service is due at 11.30am.

    The Luas Green Line will operate a limited service from 11am this morning while the Red Line is operating from the Red Cow to The Point.

     

    Dublin Bus services have resumed with some minor disruptions to schedules.

     

  • Tour Operator TUI, commenced their newest service from Ireland West Airport to Majorca at the weekend.

    With a weekly flight every Friday until the 24th of August, holidaymakers throughout the West of Ireland can now travel to Majorca in addition to Costa Dorada direct from IWAK.

    Majorca is home to the popular resorts of Santa Ponsa, Alcudia and Palma Nova, and its capital -  Palma.

    For further information on holidays to Majorca  you can visitwww.tuiholidays.ie  or call 1850 45 35 45.

  • Over 1,000 people are expected to take part in the charity 5K runway run, being held at Ireland West Airport Knock this Saturday evening.

    Runners and walkers will take off down the runway at 7pm to raise money for the airport’s three nominated charities for 2018 – the Mayo / Roscommon Hospice, Down Syndrome Ireland and CMRF – the Children’s Medical & Research Foundation in Crumlin.

    This is the third year of the event.

     

  • Representatives from Ireland West Airport travelled to Brussels in March for a series of meetings with the EU Transport Commission and DG Competition to discuss future investment plans and state aid issues relating to the airports future development plans.

    The airport representatives consisted of newly appointed Chairman of Ireland West Airport, Arthur French and Managing Director, Joe Gilmore who were accompanied by senior Government officials from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. During the visit productive meetings were held with the EU Transport Commissioner, Violeta Bulc and also senior officials from DG Competition. The delegation also had the opportunity to brief EU Commissioner Phil Hogan on airport related matters and other regional development issues.

    The airport is currently in consultation with Government and the EU Commission in relation to funding for the overlay of the airport’s main runway and an apron safety extension as outlined in the National Development Plan 2018-2027. The funding level has yet to be finalised and the application is with the EU Commission for their consideration.

    The airport welcomed Government’s recognition last month of the airport as one of the four main airports’ in the country and its position as a critical driver of economic and tourism development for the West and North West of Ireland. In addition to this the airport’s designation as a Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) last year has also been highlighted as critical to the long-term development of the airport and the regional economy in the National Development Plan.

  • With the visit of Pope Francis imminent, Tommy Marren talked to two of the main men involved in the event - Fr Richard Gibbons, Parish Priest of Knock, and Supt. Tom Calvey from Claremorris Garda Station, dropped into studio to give an outline of everything that is happening this weekend as the Pontiff visits Mayo and answer listeners questions about the event. Listen back now.

  • Thousands of Ryanair passengers will be forced to make alternative travel plans today as cabin crew in Italy, Spain, Portugal and Belgium stage a 24-hour strike.

    However there will be no disruption to flights into or out of Ireland West Airport Knock.

    Any passengers affected by cancellations have been informed by text or email and passengers not contacted by Ryanair should check-in as usual for their flight.

    It comes as IALPA pilots at Ryanair have announced a fourth one-day strike for Friday 3 August.

    It's part of an ongoing row with management over seniority, base transfers and annual leave.

    Yesterday the airline confirmed that up to 300 pilots and cabin crew could lose their jobs in October as it scales back its fleet in Dublin.

     

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    Tomorrow's strike by Ryanair pilots will not impact on any flights into or out of Ireland West Airport Knock.

    Dublin-based pilots are planning a 24-hour strike, which Ryanair says will impact on about 30 flights between Ireland and the UK.

    Customers affected have already been contacted by text or email to advise them of cancellations.

     Donal Healy - marketing manager at Ireland West Airport Knock - expects all Ryanair flights will operate as scheduled tomorrow..

     

    Meanwhile, talks are getting underway this lunchtime to try and avoid tomorrow's strike.

    Ryanair management are meeting with the Fórsa trade union at Dublin Airport to discuss the issues involved.

     

  • The status red snow and ice warning has been lifted and an orange warning is now in place for Munster, Leinster, Cavan and Monaghan.

    A yellow warning has been issued for Connacht and Donegal.

    There are now risks of localised flooding as the snow melts and people are being advised that conditions are still treacherous.

     

    There was snowfall again in this region overnight. While road conditions are slushy in many areas, there are reports of dangerous conditions in Castlebar, Bangor Erris and Ballycroy this morning.

    At Ireland West Airport Knock the Ryanair Liverpool flight landed this morning, while the London Stansted flight is due to land after 10am this morning, that’s a slight delay.

    Transport networks will be back in action today, but they'll be operating limited services. All airports are due to reopen.

    Bus Eireann are resuming some routes in the West, North-West and South-West this morning - with services in eastern parts scheduled to depart from early this afternoon.

    Irish Rail say they have carried out clearance work on the lines and will update throughout the day.