Ireland West Airport admits Ryanair decision to cut flights will have ‘devastating’ effect

Ryanair has announced that it is to cut its flight schedule from Ireland West Airport Knock by 80% this winter.

The airport says it will have a further devastating effect for the West and North West as the budget airline will operate just seven weekly services from the airport this Winter following a total collapse in demand for air travel due to the impact of COVID-19 and the current travel restrictions in place.

Routes linking passengers to Bristol, East Midlands and Malaga will cease with significant reductions on remaining services to London Stansted, London Luton and Liverpool.

The airport board will continue in discussions with Government on the need for an urgent rescue plan and expanded Regional Airports Programme to support the airport in the critical position it now finds itself in and to protect the future viability of the airport.

CEO of Ireland west airport Joe Gilmore says the numbers at the Mayo airport have collapsed as a result of the pandemic