Ireland West Airport Knock has been allocated a grant of €150,000 by Mayo County Council in the council's 2021 budget.
The purpose of the grant, which was proposed by Councillor Damien Ryan and was unanimously supported by all members of Mayo County Council, is to support the airport during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic
Ireland West Airport Knock is expecting to experience losses of close to €4 million this year, along with a decrease in passenger traffic from 807,000 passengers in 2019 to an estimated 145,000 passengers in 2020, which is a passenger level that was last experienced by the airport in 1995.
In a statement published on Ireland West Airport Knock's website, the airport's chairman, Arthur French, said, "I wish to sincerely thank Councillor Damian Ryan, Mayo County Council chief executive Peter Duggan and its elected members for this announcement, which will provide support for the expected record losses that the airport will incur both this year and in 2021.
"The strong support and backing of Mayo County Council is hugely appreciated and recognises the critical importance of Ireland West Airport for the people of Mayo and beyond. The strong recovery of the aviation sector and the restoration of vital air access into regional Ireland is of critical importance to Mayo and the wider region."
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