The suspension of all Ryanair flights from Ireland West Airport Knock for four weeks has been described a further devastating blow for the airport and its staff as well as for the region the airport serves.
It has resulted in the airport announcing it is closing for four weeks from November 14th.
Ryanair has suspended flight operations from then until December 13th because of what it describes as the ‘complete collapse in travel demand due to the Covid pandemic and the restrictions in place.
It has resulted in passenger numbers this year plummeting by 90%.
County councils throughout the west and north west have been contributing to the airport but Sligo County Council Cathaoirleach Dara Mulvey says this latest news is a wake-up call.
The CEO of Ireland West Airport says air travel is the safest mode of travel when it comes to the transmission of Covid-19.
Joe Gilmore says air travel continues to be blamed for the transmission of the virus: