Award-winning Ireland West Airport Knock, or Knock Airport, has grown rapidly in the past few years to become Ireland's fourth largest international airport. It now serves as the primary international gateway for the West, Midland, and Northwest regions of Ireland. Visitors to Knock can enjoy the picturesque splendours of the Irish countryside and make a pilgrimage to the world-famous Knock Shrine, which draws one and a half million visitors each year.
Opened in 1986, Knock International Airport first offered a single Ryanair flight to and from London's Luton Airport. Aer Lingus began operating flights to Birmingham in 1995 and the airport has undergone a major expansion over the past few years. A number of low-cost and regional airlines now operate flights to the United Kingdom and Europe, including EasyJet, Lufthansa, Ryanair, Flybe, and Aer Lingus.
Getting To and From Knock Airport
It's a breeze getting to and from the airport with the range of ground transportation available at the Arrivals Concourse. Ireland West Airport Knock is served by a fleet of private taxis, with the average fare from the airport to the village of Knock hovering at about €25. Bus Eirann provides coach services to surrounding towns including Galway, Donegal, and Mayo. Car hire is also available from Hertz, Avis, Budget, and Europcar.
If you are dropping someone off or find you have time to pass after breezing through security, there are numerous facilities for passengers to enjoy. There is free Wi-Fi access throughout the entire terminal as well as public telephones and a helpful Information Desk. Vending machines, ATM machines, and currency exchange bureaus are available to help you take care of basic shopping or banking needs. If you need to pick up a souvenir or any other basic sundries, there are newsagents as well as a Travel Value Shop offering a variety of luxury brand products, fine whiskeys and chocolates, and local souvenirs.
Should you find yourself craving one last creamy pint of Guinness before you board your flight, you can stop into Danann's Café Bar, which is open to ticketed passengers as well as the general public. Ireland West Café Bar offers an informal dining option, while Slainte Restaurant and Bar is a family-friendly fine dining option with a children's play area to tire the wee ones out before your flight.