Ireland West Knock Airport
Ireland West Airport is a regional Irish airport located one hour north of Galway. It is situated 5.6km south-west of Charlestown, County Mayo and the actual village of Knock is 20km away.
Ireland West Knock now serves more than 25 scheduled and charter destinations across Ireland, the UK, Europe and beyond including U.K.; Birmingham, Bristol, London Gatwick, London Stansted, London Luton, Liverpool, Nottingham, Manchester and Europe; Alicante, Barcelona, Faro, Lanzarote, Milan, Spain and Tenerife. Airlines include Aer Lingus, FlyBe and Ryanair. In 2014, Ireland West Knock Airport handled 703,318 passengers, the busiest year in the history of the airport and an increase on the 655,000 passengers in 2013.
The establishment of Ireland West Airport Knock was the brain child of Monsignor James Horan in the 1980’s, at a time of widespread economic stagnation and mass emigration from the West of Ireland. Monsignor James Horan, Parish Priest of Knock, and a group of key supporters had the extraordinary vision to build an international airport. The building of the airport is a remarkable story of one man’s and a region’s pursuit of a dream and the steadfast determination to keep going until the project was achieved. Ireland West Airport Knock is the people’s airport as it is a monument to a community’s determination to turn its fortune in time of economic hardship. It has been the subject of much media attention and a number of books have been written on its history. In 2006, the Airport was rebranded from "Knock International Airport" to "Ireland West Airport Knock" an indication of the airport’s drive and strategy to become recognised as an international airport on a global scale and to act as a signifier to the location of the airport as the main airport in the West of Ireland – a factor which has been important in attracting the interest of UK, European and US flights. Today, Ireland West Airport Knock’s development and growth is ongoing and it remains a vital piece of infrastructure for the social and economic benefit of those living, working and holidaying in the West and North West of Ireland. Ireland West Airport Knock is fully committed to developing and providing valuable connections to and from global destinations for the West of Ireland, tourists, business commuters, friends and families. As an international gateway, Ireland West Knock offers first class tourism, business and investment opportunities in partnership with our customers, airlines, and tour operators. At Ireland West Airport Knock we strive to meet and exceed the high demands of international aviation, and we are proud to lead the way in creating a new age for air travel passengers in the West of Ireland.