Ireland West Airport/EIKN/NOC to close for 4 weeks

Source: Roscommon Herald

Ireland West Airport, Knock has announced the closure of the airport for a four week period after Ryanair today announced that it will suspend flight operations from the airport and the other regional airports from Saturday, November 14th until Sunday, December 13th2020.

“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,” said an airport spokesperson.

The airline has announced the suspension of flight services 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.

Following the announcement and the suspension of all commercial flights from the airport with Ryanair, Ireland West Airport will close on November 14th and reopen on Sunday, December 13th.

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 todays announcement by Ryanair.