Ireland West Airport ‘very excited’ to welcome Pontiff
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