Published on June 20th, 2020 | by Alan Dwyer0
Ireland West Airport Knock to Reopen
It was announced on Saturday that Ireland West Airport in Knock will reopen for flight operations again on 1st July. Initially Ryanair will be operating services to nine destinations. It has not yet been confirmed if Aer Lingus will be returning with their daily service to London Gatwick. Ireland West Airport is following Ireland’s public health advice in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be a range of new guidelines developed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), to ensure the safe return of flight operations in Europe’s aviation sector.
There are a number of differences passengers will see when they travel through the airport which are there to ensure the safe journey. These include hand sanitiser stations located throughout the terminal, protective screens, staff wearing face masks. Signage and floor markings to help with social distancing and one-way flows will be in place where possible.
The Irish Government is currently advising against all non-essential overseas travel to and from Ireland. The Irish State currently requires anyone arriving into Ireland via an Irish airport to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival. Self-isolation means staying indoors and completely avoiding contact with other people, according to the HSE. The HSE has said that arriving passengers must complete a Public Health Passenger Locator Form before they arrive in Ireland. The completed form must be handed to immigration officers at Passport Control on arrival. You may be contacted during the 14 days after you arrive in Ireland to check that you are self-isolating.