Airport operations will be suspended at Ireland West Airport Knock from Monday, March 30 until further notice. The decision to suspend operations comes as a result of the suspension of all Ryanair flights to and from the airport as of midnight on Tuesday, March 23 and the suspension of Aer Lingus’s London Gatwick service to and from the airport, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a result of this, all staff at Knock Airport will be placed on temporary lay-off from Monday, March 30 in order to safeguard the long term future of the airport and the health and welfare of the airport staff, according to managing director Joe Gilmore.
“Like all airports Ireland West Airport is experiencing an unprecedented reduction in customer demand for air travel due to the impact of COVID-19 virus,” said Mr Gilmore, in a statement.
“At present the airport is open & all flights are operating as normal as we continue to help airlines get Irish citizens & those from overseas back home. However, passenger numbers have decreased so significantly in recent days that we have had to begin to scale back passenger operations at the airport.”
“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,” the statement concluded.