25 October-Knock Airport

Ireland West Airport Knock is located close to the town of Charlestown, Co Mayo, and about 20km (12 miles) north of Knock Shrine. Often referred to as Knock Airport it is the 6th busiest airport on the island of Ireland. The airport was built after a long and sometimes controversial campaign by Monsignor James Horan, Parish Priest of Knock. Ireland West Airport Knock, was officially opened on May 30th 1986.

The first commercial flight from Knock Airport took off in October 1985. Today the airport has scheduled flights with Aer Lingus, Ryanair and Flybe, to destinations in Great Britain and Europe. It is the main international air access gateway for the West, North West and Midland regions of Ireland. The airport caters for over 700,000 passengers annually. The busiest international route at Knock is to London Stansted.

The first transatlantic flight arrived from New York at Ireland West Airport Knock on August 16th 2015. The flight, carrying pilgrims from the diocese of New York was operated by Aer Lingus using a Boeing 757-200. Early on Sunday May 29th 2016 large crowds gathered at Ireland West Airport Knock to welcome home the victorious Connaught Rugby team. The team had been crowned Pro 12 Champions having defeated Leinster the previous day at Murrayfield in Edinburgh

The first commercial flights took off from Knock Airport in the year 1985 On This Day.

Ireland West Airport Knock photo

Ireland West Airport Knock

Photo by Sean MacEntee

Ireland West Airport Knock photo


Ireland West Airport Knock

by Sean MacEntee on 2013-05-30 13:25:41


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