Published on March 23rd, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer


Ireland West Airport to Suspend Operations Next Week

Like all airports Ireland West Airport is experiencing an unprecedented reduction in customer demand for air travel due to the impact of COVID-19. The airport is currently open & all flights are operating as normal however passenger numbers have decreased so significantly in recent days that the airport have begun to scale back passenger operations at the airport.

As of midnight Tuesday 23rd March Ryanair will suspend all flights to and from the airport and as of Sunday 29th March, Aer Lingus will suspend their London Gatwick service to and from the airport. Following this confirmation the airport said they will be temporarily suspending operations from Monday 30th March until further notice.

Ireland West Airport Managing Director Joe Gilmore

Ireland West Airport Managing Director Joe Gilmore said in a statement: “Due to the severe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the decision of the airlines to temporarily suspend passenger flights, it is with regret that we have had to place staff on temporary lay-off from Monday 30th March in order to safeguard the long term future of the airport and the health and welfare of our staff. We anticipate that this ‘lay off’ will be a short-term measure and that business can resume as soon as possible.”

“In what has been and continues to be an unprecedented time for our business and indeed the majority of businesses on a global scale I wish to thank our customers, airlines, airport business partners and stakeholders for their ongoing support and in particular our own fantastic staff here at the airport for their ongoing commitment and support during this global crisis. The last few weeks have been some of the most challenging in the airports history and our staff have gone above and beyond their duty in assisting anxious passengers, providing travel advice and keeping the airport fully operational.”

“We are confident that we can overcome this crisis and that both the airport and region will come back stronger than ever with the support from our communities both here and abroad.”

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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