Ireland West Airport won’t be reopening for Christmas until December 18. Ryanair was due to recommence flights from December 13 but has postponed their Christmas schedule for another five days at Knock, Cork and Shannon airports
It’s understood the delay is as a result of a lack of passenger demand with people deciding not to travel home for the festive season.
The airport will cater for just six flights per week over the Christmas period compared to 31 for the same period last year. It will close on Christmas and St Stephen’s Day and reopen to passengers on December 27.
The pandemic has seen passenger numbers at Ireland West plummet by more than 90% with annual figures forecasted to drop to less than 150,000 – the lowest level in more than two decades. Management is expecting annual losses of close to €4m.
Meanwhile, it’s understood a privately run drive-through Covid-19 testing facility will be open on-site prior to December 18 where passengers can avail of a test and have their results within 48-72 hours.
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Thursday, December 03, 2020
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