Ryanair has announced it will suspend flight operations from Ireland West Airport and the other regional airports from Saturday November 14 until Sunday December 13. The airline has said the suspension of flight services is due to a collapse in travel demand as a result of the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the current travel restrictions in place.
Following the airline's announcement and the suspension of all commercial flights from the airport with Ryanair, Ireland West Airport will close on November 14 and reopen on Sunday December 13. This is a further devastating blow for the airport and its staff where passenger numbers this year have plummeted by more than 90 per cent, with annual passenger numbers now forecasted to decline to less than 150,000 for the full year – the lowest in more than 20 years.
The airport is calling on Government to provide urgent support through an expanded regional airports programme to address the enormous financial losses and to support and protect the airport's cash position resulting from the devastating collapse in passenger traffic as a result of Covid-19, which has been further impacted by Ryanair's announcement.