Published on October 28th, 2020 | by Alan Dwyer0
Knock Airport to Close for Four Weeks
Following the announcement on Wednesday that Ryanair would be suspending flights from Ireland West Airport in Knock for a four week period, the airport has made the decision to close the airport for the duration. The airport will close from Saturday 14th November until Sunday 13th December 2020. Ryanair said the suspension was due to a complete collapse in travel demand as a result of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the current travel restrictions in place.
A spokesperson for the Ireland West Airport said “This is a further devastating blow for the airport and its staff where passenger numbers this year have plummeted by over 90% with annual passenger numbers now forecasted to decline to less than 150,000 for the full year – the lowest in over 20 years. The airport is calling on Government to provide urgent support through an expanded regional airports programme for the airport to address the enormous financial losses to support and protect its cash position resulting from the devastating collapse in passenger traffic as a result of COVID-19 which have been further impacted following the announcement by Ryanair.”
Only last Sunday, the airport had celebrated 35 years since the first flights took off when Aer Lingus operated three charter flights to Rome on Friday 25th October 1985. Since the demise of FlyBe last March, Ryanair has been the only airline operating commercial flights form the airport.