Ire­land West Air­port ‘very ex­cited’ to wel­come Pon­tiff

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IRE­LAND West Air­port are very ex­cited to wel­come Pope Fran­cis to the air­port and in­deed the West of Ire­land on Sun­day 26 th Au­gust 2018.

The es­tab­lish­ment of ‘Knock Air­port’ (as it was known at the time) was the brain child of Mon­signor James Ho­ran fol­low­ing the last pa­pal visit of Pope John Paul to Knock Shrine in 1979.

Mon­signor Ho­ran wanted to build an air­port to bring pil­grims to Knock Shrine (lo­cated 10km from the pro­posed site of the air­port).

Spokesman Donal Healy said: “It’s fit­ting that 39 years after this visit that for the first time a pope will touch down at the air­port.

“Even more sym­bolic is the fact that this year the air­port will record its busiest ever year with close to 800,000 pas­sen­gers us­ing the air­port and is now served by ma­jor air­lines such as Flybe, Aer Lin­gus and Ryanair serv­ing 23 des­ti­na­tions world­wide.”

Donal added that a newly mod­ernised termi- nal build­ing will wel­come Pope Fran­cis to the West of Ire­land.

No pub­lic view­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties will be al­lowed at Knock Air­port. It will not be pos­si­ble for the pub­lic to view Pope Fran­cis ar­riv­ing or de­part­ing due to se­cu­rity lim­i­ta­tions.

Those fly­ing into and out of Ire­land West Air­port Knock on Sun­day will have some ac­cess with strict lim­i­ta­tions. Only those named on air­line pas­sen­ger lists and those trans­port­ing named pas­sen­gers will be able to ac­cess the air­port be­tween 12 mid­night on Satur­day and 11.30am on Sun­day.

Out­bound pas­sen­gers in par­tic­u­lar are ad­vised to al­low more travel time than usual as there will be a num­ber of se­cu­rity checks on air­port ac­cess routes.

In­for­ma­tion is up­dated on a reg­u­lar ba­sis on www.gov.ie/popeinire­land, which will di­rect the pub­lic to all the main in­for­ma­tion web­site pages.

A newly mod­ernised ter­mi­nal at Knock

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