- Ireland West Airport Knock
Ireland West Airport Knock
Aerfort Iarthar Éireann
IATA: NOC – ICAO: EIKN Summary Airport type Public Owner/Operator Connacht Airport Development Company Ltd Serves Connacht, Ireland Location Charlestown Elevation AMSL 665 ft / 203 m Coordinates Coordinates: Website Runways Direction Length Surface m ft 09/27 2,340 7,700 Asphalt Source: Irish AIS
Ireland West Airport Knock (Irish: Aerfort Iarthar Éireann) is an airport located 3 NM (5.6 km; 3.5 mi) south-west of Charlestown, County Mayo, Ireland. 630,000 passengers used the airport in 2008. The airport was formerly known as Knock International Airport, Connacht Regional Airport, and Horan International Airport. Connaught Aero Club and Shoreline Aviation are based at the airport.
The airport was officially opened on 30 May 1986, however the first commercial flights operated seven months earlier on 25 October 1985 in the form of three Aer Lingus charter flights to Rome. The opening followed a long campaign by Monsignor James Horan. The airport was intended to bring employment to an impoverished corner of Ireland, as well as allow pilgrims to visit the nearby Roman Catholic Knock Shrine which commemorates an apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1879.
Ryanair commenced flights to London Luton during 1986, with a route to London Stansted added in 1992. By 1988, over 100,000 passengers had passed through the airport. In 1995 Aer Lingus commenced flights to Birmingham.
Since 2003, low-cost and regional airlines including MyTravelLite, Bmibaby, Ryanair, Aer Arann and EasyJet have added several daily flights linking the airport with UK destinations, and though not all routes proved successful by 2005 the airport was handling 500,000 passengers per annum.
In 2008 a record 629,000 passengers used the airport, a 13% rise compared to the previous year.
In recent years Ryanair have grown operations at the airport and is the largest airline to serve the airport with 12 scheduled routes. Ryanair commenced a service to Alicante in June 2009, the airport's first scheduled continental European service. Ryanair added Faro and Reus (Barcelona) routes in May 2010
August 2009 was the busiest month in the airport for three years, with 81,000 passengers using the airport. Also, the 28th of August was the busiest day in the airport's history with over 4,500 passengers using the facility on that day.
In 2011, the month of August was the busiest in the airport's history with 84,052 passengers using the airport. 2011 is expected to be the busiest year since the establishment of the facility. 
On September 12th 2011 Ryanair celebrated the airlines 4 millionth passenger through the airport. 
The Airport has stated that it will continue the implementation of its €46 million infrastructural investment programme with over €20 million of spend anticipated for 2008. Work will commence on a number of significant civil and building projects in this year. A €5.5 million extension to the terminal building was completed in April 2009. A extension to the apron will see this more than double in size has commenced. The implementation of Category II Instrument Landing System (CAT II ILS) on runway 27, which will enhance the reliability of the Airport in low visibility conditions, is completed and approved. An extension to the Runway Ends Safety Areas (RESAs) and runway turnpad was completed in 2008. The airport expects to install a cat 1 ILS on runway 09 with a cat 3 lighting system in 2010-2011.
An additional "Development Fee" of €10 is charged to all departing passengers aged 12 years and over.
In 2005 the airport changed its name to Ireland West Airport Knock. As of August 2009 the Aeronautical Information Publication, including the aeronautical charts available at European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, show as Ireland West.
Airlines and destinations
Note: † denotes charter airlines and their destinations
Airlines Destinations Aer Lingus London-Gatwick Air Europa † Seasonal: Lanzarote Bmibaby Birmingham Flybe Edinburgh, Manchester Flybe operated by Loganair † Sumburgh Lufthansa Regional operated by Eurowings Seasonal: Düsseldorf [begins 12 May] Ryanair Beauvais [begins 27 March], East Midlands, Hahn [begins 27 March], Lanzarote, Liverpool, London-Luton, London-Stansted, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Alicante, Bergamo [begins 25 March], Bristol, Faro, Girona [begins 27 March], Gran Canaria
Bus Éireann currently provide services from the Airport on the Derry-Sligo-Galway and Galway-Sligo-Derry Route 64, Ireland West Airport Knock - Castlebar - Westport - Achill Island route 440, Dublin - Athlone - Ireland West Airport Knock - Westport route 21, and connects with Dublin - Mullingar - Longford - Ballina route 22 via Charlestown.
The airport is also served by taxis. There is a taxi rank located outside the arrivals/departures entrance. To pre-book see www.knockairporttaxis.com.
Ireland West Airport Knock is conveniently located on the main N17 North – South road, halfway between Galway and Sligo. It is also close to the junction of the East - West N5 Westport-Castlebar-Longford road.
The nearest railway station to Ireland West Airport Knock is Ballyhaunis, accessible by airport cabs or bus services.
- Car Hire
Car hire is available in the main concourse - terminal building, with eight car rental firms located at the airport.
- Car Parking
The airport has over 1,500 accessible car parking spaces for short-term and long-term parking outside the main terminal.
- Passenger numbers by year
Year Passengers Rank in Ireland Rank in Republic of Ireland 1987 55,000 1988 117,000 1989 145,000 1990 146,000 1991 101,000 1992 106,000 1993 108,000 1994 130,000 1995 137,912 1996 161,435 1997 172,070 1998 186,689 1999 197,358 2000 173,421 2001 203,000 2002 199,000 2003 247,000 2004 373,000 2005 530,084 6 4 2006 621,171 6 4 2007 556,357 6 4 2008 629,000 6 4 2009 607,228 6 4 2010 589,180 6 4
Busiest routes to and from Ireland West Airport Knock (2010) Rank Airport Airline Passengers 1 London Stansted Ryanair 98,760 2 London Luton Ryanair 73,929 3 London Gatwick Aer Lingus 67,506 4 Liverpool Ryanair 61,259 5 Manchester bmibaby 47,885 6 East Midlands Ryanair 43,074 7 Birmingham bmibaby 41,934 8 Faro Ryanair / Charter 35,699 9 Bristol Ryanair 29,536 10 Alicante Ryanair 24,654 11 Leeds-Bradford Ryanair 20,973 12 Barcelona-Reus Ryanair 20,233 13 Lanzarote Charter 7,185 14 Dublin Aer Arann 6,978 15 Lourdes Charter 4,329 Busiest routes to and from Ireland West Airport Knock (2011 Jan-Jun) Rank Airport Airline Passengers % Change
2010 / 11
1 London Stansted Ryanair 49,973 13 2 London Luton Ryanair 39,971 12 3 Liverpool Ryanair 32,507 16 4 London Gatwick Aer Lingus 30,420 2 5 Manchester bmibaby 20,073 4 6 Birmingham bmibaby 19,524 15 7 East Midlands Ryanair 19,514 2 8 Faro Ryanair / Charter 14,943 33 9 Bristol Ryanair 13,731 1 10 Leeds-Bradford Ryanair 11,503 92 11 Alicante Ryanair 10,204 23 12 Barcelona-Reus Ryanair 9,030 63 13 Tenerife Ryanair 5,259 N/A 14 Lanzarote Ryanair / Charter 4,880 593 15 Gran Canaria Ryanair 4,239 N/A 16 Edinburgh flybe 2,604 N/A
Incidents and accidents
- On 23 March 2006, a Ryanair Boeing 737-800 "only marginally avoided controlled flight into terrain", during an approach to the airport following a flight from London Gatwick, according to the Irish Air Accident Investigation Unit. An unbriefed descent, while the flight crew concentrated on reprogramming for a new approach, meant they arrived over the airport at 410 ft with landing gear and flaps up. The aircraft landed successfully following a second approach attempt.
The construction of Knock Airport is the subject of "Knock Song" by Irish folk singer-songwriter Christy Moore. The musical "On a Wing and a Prayer" deals with the life and times of Monsignor James Horan, focusing on his long and arduous struggle to get the airport built. It premièred in the Royal Theatre, Castlebar, on the 25 November 2010.
- ^ a b c (PDF). AIP and charts from the Irish Aviation Authority.
- ^ Knock Airport reports record passenger numbers
- ^ Connaught Aero Club
- ^ a b c d e f "History of Ireland West Airport Knock". Ireland West Airport Knock. http://www.irelandwestairport.com/utility/history.aspx. Retrieved 2009-04-16.
- ^ New scheduled flights to New York & Boston commence!
- ^ http://www.irelandwestairport.com/utility/news_details.aspx?id=176
- ^ http://www.irishnews.com/break.asp?tbrk=brk&par=brk&catid=5834&subcatid=642&storyid=394440
- ^ http://www.irelandwestairport.com/utility/news_details.aspx?id=221
- ^ http://www.irelandwestairport.com/utility/news_details.aspx?id=177
- ^ http://mayotoday.ie/index.php/browse-mayo-news-by-category/life-a-style/item/3518-ryanair-celebrates-4-million-passengers-on-knock-flights.html
- ^ http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/0914/knock-business.html
- ^ 
- ^ http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/0914/knock-business.html
- ^ Bus eireann commences new daily bus services to Ireland West Airport Knock serving towns on the Derry-Sligo-Galway Route 64
- ^ http://www.buseireann.ie/pdf/1270137753-440.pdf
- ^ http://www.buseireann.ie/pdf/1276875417-21.pdf
- ^ http://www.buseireann.ie/pdf/1233309217-22.pdf
- ^ a b http://www.cso.ie/px/pxeirestat/Dialog/varval.asp?ma=ctm01&ti=Air+Passenger+Movement+(Number)+by+Irish+Airport,+Foreign+Airport,+Month+and+Direction&path=../Database/Eirestat/Airport%20Pairings/&lang=1
- ^ "Serious Incident: Boeing B737-800, EI-DHX, Ireland West Airport, Knock, 23 Mar 2006". AAIU. http://www.aaiu.ie/AAIUviewitem.asp?id=8545&lang=ENG&loc=1280. Retrieved 2007-12-30.
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